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Major Changes to Cities in the 20s | Trend Forecast

Major Changes to Cities in the 20s | Trend Forecast

A drop in car ownership, smaller houses, walkability impacting property prices, residential blocks atop shopping centres, and ‘mini Melbournes’ in outer suburbs. These are the city trends that will begin to emerge next year and mark the beginning of a new decade in urban planning. The forecasts come from one of Australia’s most experienced and...
New Guide to Universal Design

New Guide to Universal Design

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has published a new Guide to Universal Design. According to the ASLA, one billion people, or 15 percent of the global population, experience some form of disability. The new guide explores the ways in how Universal Design means that everyone, regardless of ability or age, can access and...
Big Doesn’t Always Mean Bad

Big Doesn’t Always Mean Bad

Provision of well-engineered transport, energy and other service infrastructure is essential to good urban functionality. But as Australia undergoes an infrastructure boom, let’s not forget these major works can and should contribute to the social, cultural and human qualities of our cities. Urban infrastructure can range in scale, from the metropolitan to the human, from...
Green Infrastructure to Make Cities More Liveable and Sustainable

Green Infrastructure to Make Cities More Liveable and Sustainable

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has released a Green Infrastructure Position Statement calling on non-government agencies, industry organisations and governments at all levels to make significant progress towards improving the liveability and sustainability of urban and regional settlements through Green Infrastructure. Green infrastructures are the strategically planned networks of natural and semi-natural areas...
How Will Cycling Shape the Future of Our Cities?

How Will Cycling Shape the Future of Our Cities?

NEXT Architects has curated the second annual Bicycle Architecture Biennale as a showcase of buildings that transform cities through cycling. Opening in Amsterdam, the BAB shows the work of international designers from around the world and explores urban design through social, economic and environmental projects. It was conceived by BYCS as a way to inspire...
Shaping the Future of Urban Living

Shaping the Future of Urban Living

In the coming 30 years, Australia’s population is projected to increase by 11.8 million people – the equivalent of adding a city the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years. As Australia’s largest cities face a watershed moment in their growth and development, many are looking far and wide to the next...
Smart City Strategy

Smart City Strategy

Cities have become the hub of human activity and economic progress. We find more and more people leaving smaller towns and reaching out into cities to make a dwelling, as well as make a living. Thriving cities are ones that offer easier movement for their citizens and convenience in everything that they do. These cities...
Are Our City Investments About to Have a Kodak Moment?

Are Our City Investments About to Have a Kodak Moment?

  In a world where five years, let alone ten, is an eternity in current technology advances, there is concern growing that our planned decade-long city infrastructure expenditure is not going to get us to where we need to be. With the pace of change from technology, urbanisation and a significant infrastructure investment catch up...
Five Cities That Made Their Streets Safer with Urban Design

Five Cities That Made Their Streets Safer with Urban Design

In 2015, the world community pledged to decrease half the number of deaths and grave injuries caused by traffic accidents by 2020. However, more than 3200 deaths caused by collisions occur every day, and with the growing number of vehicles, that number can only triple by 2030. As is expected, cities with poorly designed streets...
Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

There’s no question that, as Australia’s population grows, high density living will become the way of the future, and with many young Australians looking to own their first home, it’s becoming the only affordable choice. Owning a two-bedroom apartment with sweeping skyline views is fast becoming the new Great Australian Dream and with affordable quarter-acre...
The Redevelopment of Toronto

The Redevelopment of Toronto

“It takes 40 or 50 years to update an industrial landscape. We want to speed that up,” says Sidewalk Labs’ urban planner. After disrupting our online activities, Google’s parent company now wants to disrupt how cities work. Rohit Aggarwala, head of urban systems at Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, spoke about the company as they gear up...
The Public Space Moment

The Public Space Moment

Public spaces are having a moment. People from outside the field of urban planning are beginning to notice the vital contributions they make to our quality of life: inserting nature and cultural memory into the everyday, reminding us of our collective responsibilities, supporting democratic expression. People are also beginning to notice the subtle ways in...