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6 September 2011 – Favourites – A new worldwide study of sustainable precincts commissioned by Sustainability Victoria has unearthed some of the drivers to the most successful sustainable communities Read More  
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5 October 2011 – Former NSW Government Architect, Chris Johnson has been appointed as new chief executive of the Urban Taskforce. This follows the  move  after four years of former CEO Aaron Gadiel to a senior role at Gadens. Mr Johnson was NSW Government Architect for 10 years and was later appointed executive director in the NSW Department of Planning. He is also a former member of the Central Sydney Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 29 September 2011 – When the owners of a two-bedroom waterfront property on Lake Macquarie on the NSW Central Coast were offered $430,000 recently they jumped at it. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 29 September 2011 – The NSW Planning Institute has been gathered in Wollongong this week from Wednesday for its annual three day conference. The woes of the state’s planning fiasco must be weighing heavily on its collective shoulders. Despite planners’ typically calm and sanguine nature they cannot help, you imagine, feeling just a little jaded by the new O’Farrell government’s promise Read More  
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On PCA’s Cities Summit, spruikers and detective work,  amid great content 22 September 2011 – Joel Kotkin was billed as the controversial keynote speaker at the Property Council of Australia’s Cities Summit 2011 on last Monday (12 September) in Sydney. He was. He should have been billed as a Demographia clone. The Fifth Estate did not know Kotkin and arrived a little late for the intro where his politics may or may not have been introduced. Read More  
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18 September 2011 – The Tea Party in the US has sustainable development in its cross hairs. In their view it’s a plot to destroy the American way of life: the “single family residence – which is to say, the middle class suburb with tract homes, soccer moms driving mini-vans, and consumption of energy restricted only by the wallets of the homeowners themselves…fixation” with the automobile – and hence the mobile freedom that comes along with It,” says Treehugger... 
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The violence of ABC listeners, Rod Leaver and Green Building Week, Low Carbon calls for interests and will Turnbull cross the floor? 15 September 2011 – Interesting comments came from Janne Ryan this morning (Thursday) speaking to a class of young architecture students at UTS in Sydney. Read More  
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By Lindsay Bevege 13 September 2011 – Australian cities were prominent in the top 10 most liveable cities based on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index. But we are also in the top 10 of another index that shows us in a less favourable light: the per capita ecological footprint measured by the Global Footprint Network. The two indices have a roughly inverse relationship. Developing nations have the lowest per capita ecological footprint but their cities are at the bottom... 
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9 September 2011 – MIT researchers have used social networking data to create a new spatial mapping toolbox for cities available free to urban designers and planners. “Network centrality measures are useful predictors for a number of interesting urban phenomena,” Andres Sevtsuk, the principal investigator of the City Form Research Group at MIT told ScienceDaily. Read More  
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By Lindsay Bevege 23 August 2011 – A common theme in the London riots was that the young rioters felt no stake in the neighbourhood in which they lived and so had no compunction in trashing it. Read More  
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By Lyn Drummond 24 August 2011 – Global water issues, such as scarcity, maintaining quality, energy and nexus, and developing the nation’s water and sanitation cannot be combated without supporting global alliances, says Tom Mollenkopf, chief executive officer  of the Australian Water Association. Read More  
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24 August 2011 – How do you design walkable neighbourhoods? What are the principles in play? The US’s Congress for the New Urbanism program director Heather Smith has co-author of a manual to deliver these, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach available as a free download at this website Ms Smith recently attended the annual meeting of the US Institute of Transportation Engineers in St Louis last week, which focused on this topic and provided the following... 
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16 August 2011 – The National Heart Foundation has compiled guidelines about food sensitive planning and urban design. Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design: A conceptual framework for achieving a sustainable and just food system is a framework designed for planners, architects, urban designers, engineers, policy makers, community members and elected representatives to integrate food considerations into urban land use and development. The concept recognises that access to healthy, sustainable... 
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By Lyn Drummond 11 August 2011 – What will it take to regenerate greyfield precincts in Australia’s major cities to achieve medium density housing with better health and environmental impacts? The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute set out to find out with an expert panel and the results of that work will be the subject of a seminar in Brisbane on Tuesday 20 September. Read More  
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By Richard Dinham 9 August 2011 – Linking Sydney from north to south by cycle and pedestrian bridges would be a great enhancement for connectivity,  argues Richard Dinham. The Bridges of Rome, Paris and London are an integral part of those cities.  Venice made an art of them, Buda and Pest lived apart until joined centuries later by the bridge that made the city of Budapest.  For Sydney, it was just short of one and a half centuries from European settlement, before the north and south shores... 
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8 August 2011 – In The Long Emergency, James  Kunstler forecasts a future of smaller cities, centred around traditionally important natural features such as ports, not airports, and localised food and services. One of his biggest challenges, though, is his prediction for tall buildings. “We’ll be painfully short of financial resources and fabricated materials—everything from steel to the silicon gaskets needed to seal glass ‘curtain walls’… Read More  
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25 March 2011 – Favourites: Brendan Gleeson, former director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University, is one of the more challenging thinkers on Australia’s urban systems. On the eve of his departure for a three year secondment to the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in December last year, he addressed an Arup New Agenda workshop at UTS Read More  
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27 July 2011 – Australia’s urban congestion costs including wasted time in traffic, maintenance, fuel and emissions costs are forecast to be $20.4 billion by 2020 unless cities undertake a major review of their infrastructure, according to a review commissioned by Siemens. The report was the basis for a public forum in Melbourne, Picture Melbourne in 2030 Read More  
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25 July 2011 – Commentators have until 19 August to provide feedback on an Australian urban design protocol being developed by the federal government’s Major Cities Unit, in partnership with industry and state and territory governments. Read More  
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By Peter Droege and Matthew Ulterino 19 July 2011 – In an age of petroleum production risks and mounting carbon costs cities should plan their sustainable development strategies by assessing and lowering their exposure to airport dependency risk – a diagnostic concept we developed. Read More  
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18 July 2011 – A series of forums that sets out to redesign inner city Adelaide is currently under way and just one of a number of initiatives stimulated by the appointment in 2008 of Adelaide Thinker in Residence Laura Lee. Professor Lee’s report on her term as Thinker, “ Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 15 July 2011 – The Queensland government yesterday announced it had finalised its “green door” policy to fast track sustainable development approvals in a move could become a template across the nation. Industry groups say it could help break down barriers from risk averse local authorities to ambitious sustainable outcomes. But while the major industry bodies supported the move the Green Building Council of Australia has also called for a more rigorous approach... 
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By David Wilson 7 July 2011 – What’s the view from your window? Do you like what you see? Do you want to change it? As the percentage of the world’s population living in cities continues to grow, the view for many can be bleak: cars, congestion, buildings, smog, are a common sight. What you see, hear and smell in urban areas has many negative effects – on health, on communities, on the environment – and cars are much to blame for this. A new way forward is not through “big-bang” civil... 
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30 June 2011 – The New York Times says European cities are turning hostile to cars. And the US based Treehugger has run a story  the research by Peter Newman and Peter Kenworthy on “Peak Car Use”, that remains on our No 1 Top Hits for the month. From The New York Times: While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars.... 
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22 June 2011 – Cox Rayner A fully integrated mixed use development near the Brisbane CBD has taken the top award for urban design in Australia. The $300 million SW1 South Bank Urban Village developed by South Bank Corporation and Cox Rayner Architects Read More  
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Philip Pollard’s Phd thesis, Campus as Place, details the the transformation of Newcastle University into one of the world’s leading sustainability exemplars. See Chapter One here. Chapter 2: A collaborative approach to delivering the built environment – Design and Art Gallery precinct In October 1991 I travelled to Melbourne for a conference hosted by RMIT University which was focused upon urban spaces. Peter Stevens, who was then still in private architectural practice, also attended.... 
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By Jane Jose  15 June 2011 Five simple engagement lessons In seeking to bottle the mystery ingredients in the fourth dimension of place-making here are a few lessons. Lesson 1: keep it authentic The authenticity of a place keeps it alive because it makes people feel that being there is real and memorable. As places mature, places can change like we do, but they also stay the same – like we do.  Adelaide’s Central Market with Gouger Street as its artery has used the human dimension Read... 
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By Jane Jose 9 June 2011 – We are living in a time of back to the high street. It is more than 20 years since the mainstreet movement began and on 3 May the National Mainstreet conference in Adelaide had the fervour of a prayer meeting. Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood, elected last year as Lord Mayor of Adelaide,  Read More  
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By David Burns 8 June 2011 – The Manly Council’s 2015 master plan is a great initiative but the plan could be improved if the council considered Green Building Council of Australia Green Star ratings and sustainable intensity metric benchmarks. Proposed by McGregor Coxall (landscape architecture and urban design) and architects Choi Ropiha the plan is an important first step in revitalising the CBD, and one that can tempt developers towards the benefits of green star designed buildings. Read... 
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2 June 2011 – Victoria’s Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced the establishment of a new Urban Renewal Authority, which will absorb the current VicUrban with no loss of jobs, but with the board disbanded. Read More  
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