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By Willow Aliento 27 March 2014 — As the city with the world’s largest light rail network, Melbourne is a showcase of the benefits of light rail for rapid, pedestrian-friendly, low carbon transport. The idea is catching hold around the nation, with projects at various stages of planning and implementation. Following are details of projects  in Sydney, Adelaide, Newcastle and the Gold Coast. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 27 March 2014 — Canberra’s light rail project shifts into high gear this year, with the appointment of an Arup-led team for Stage One detailed design of the new Capital Metro system. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 19 March 2014 — The Victorian government has announced a plan to unlock under-utilised land from around train stations, in a move it says will create thousands of jobs Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 19 March 2014 — Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has taken out the Planning Champion Award at the 2014 National Awards for Planning Excellence for his work on urban infill development. Western Australia was well represented, with Perth’s Forrest Place and Cockburn Central also winning gongs. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 18 March 2014 — 3D printing has the potential to revolutionise urban sustainability. It will see houses and offices created with less waste, CO2 emissions and transport. 3D printing will make manufacturing and construction sustainable for the first time ever. Read More  
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5 March 2014 – We wrote about Tony Hsieh in late 2012 because he was such a hit at the San Francisco Verge conference, which was a kind of fringe event to the Greenbuild mega conference in San Francisco in November that year. The Verge audience, made up of people from Google, Facebook, and Forbes magazine, academics from Standford and infrastructure leaders from local government and utilities outfits, seemed fascinated by Hsieh’s ambitions to tackle sustainability in possibly the most unsustainable,... 
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5 March 2014 — Following community calls for better public transport, the NSW Government has placed on public exhibition amendments to the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan to guide CBD urban renewal, which is to be based around plans for a new light rail link interchange. Read More  
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26 February 2014 — Wind farms are okay. The National Health and Medical Research Council says so. It’s found no link to ill health but researchers commenting on the latest report, Australia’s 20th since 2003, say what there could be is a link to is quacks, or cults. While Australia’s peak body for health and medical research prepared to release its draft statement and information paper this week, the Abbott government was busy pushing forward with yet another review of wind farms and health.... 
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20 February 2014 — Michelle Tabet has moved on from her senior strategic designer role at Arup to head up Right Angle Studio’s push into the urban development consultancy space. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 13 February 2014 — Fears have been raised that the NSW Government will use existing powers to push through reforms to the planning system that were rejected by parliament last year. Read More  
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By Nicholas Williams, Andrew Coutts and Stephen Livesley 10 February 2014 — From The Conversation: Australia’s major cities routinely rank among the world’s most liveable. But for all our clean streets, good healthcare and educational opportunities, one of the things we have to contend with is our sweltering summer heat. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 6 February 2014 — Legal advice to local governments obtained by The Fifth Estate says local councils would be prudent to continue to use the former Labor government’s sea level rise planning benchmarks until the O’Farrell government delivers on a promised approach to sea level rise that is more responsive to local conditions. Read More  
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  By Dr Vanessa Rauland, Curtin University The first article in this short series based on a PhD thesis from Curtin University’s Dr Vanessa Rauland looks at the myriad opportunities available for decarbonising our cities, demonstrating the potential for urban development to dramatically assist in tackling climate change. Read More  
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By Chris Standen, University of Sydney 28 January 2014 — From The Conversation: The New South Wales and Victorian governments have recently released business cases for their pet motorway projects, WestConnex in Sydney and East-West Link in Melbourne. But will these projects, costing a combined A$20 billion (with A$3 billion being donated by the federal government), really generate the economic benefits promised? Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 28 January 2014 — According to recently released reports by the Victorian Department of Planning’s Urban Development Program, there is no shortage of land for residential and industrial development Read More  
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10 December 2013 – So what do we really all want from our re-design and re-imagining of cities? Yes, sustainability is key, but why? To make us happier perhaps, argues Charles Montgomery in his new book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design and in an article by Eric Jaffe in Atlantic Cities. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 5 December 2013 — UPDATED 6 December 2013. Let’s face it, Lucy Turnbull is one half of our political royal couple in waiting. There’s husband Malcolm, Federal Communications Minister, who’s on the conservative side of the fence but who many greenies and even Labor supporters secretly wish was running the country, because of his support for climate action Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 28 November 2013 — Planning reform in NSW has been put in limbo as the NSW government today [Thursday] refused to vote on Upper House amendments to its new planning bill, giving itself until next year to decide whether to accept the amendments, go back to the drawing board or keep the existing planning system. Read More  
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By Keren Lavelle 13 November 2013 — The top gong for urban design in the 2013 National Architecture Awards has been won by a partnership between BKK Architects and landscape architecture/urban design studio TCL for the Revitalising Central Dandenong: Lonsdale Street Redevelopment project in Victoria. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 12 November 2013 – As more and more people need to be fed, farming, an activity once restricted to rural areas, is coming to cities around the world, writes Leon Gettler. Read More  
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By Ivan Rijavec, Rijavec Architecture; Citiniche Australia 12 November 2013 — Ivan Rijavec is one of Australia’s most thought provoking, if not controversial, architects. He’s analysed the diverse urban fabric of his inner city Melbourne area around Fitzroy and called it urban “sampling” or “jazz” – in contrast to the uniformed aesthetic pushed by Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness. His “Cheesegrater” building took nearly 10 years to complete due to fierce objections from... 
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By Cameron Jewell 11 November 2013 — [UPDATED 12 November 2013] The Federal Government’s decision to abolish the National Housing Supply Council has been widely condemned. Read More  
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6 November 2013 — A pair of conical commercial office towers wrapped in photovoltaic panels and topped with wind turbines is one of four proposals for office towers being considered for construction in Parramatta Square. Bologna-based firm Mario Cucinella Architects have come up with this futuristic, energy-generating proposal. Other contenders short-listed by Parramatta City Council’s Parramatta Square Stages 5 and 6 design competition jury were Sydney-based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson... 
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By Cameron Jewell 6 November 2013 — A new master plan for Sydney’s $6 billion Barangaroo development has been released by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, with a steep increase in density proposed. Read More  
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By Jan McDonald, Andrew Macintosh and Anita Foerster 23 October 2013 – From The Conversation: With an early, devastating start to the bushfire season in New South Wales and Queensland, recent disasters in Victoria and Tasmania, and projections that current trends will continue under climate change, it is time to look beyond emergency responses and controlled burning. The calls for a broader perspective on bushfire management are mounting. Read More  
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  By Cameron Jewell 22 October 2013 — In June, a developer of a large resort and residential community was dealt a blow when its development application was overturned in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court. They had not adequately taken into account climate change-related sea level rise. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 22 October 2013 — NSW planning reform is a step closer to being realised with the Planning Bill 2013 today [22 October] being introduced to parliament. Read More  
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9 October 2013 — The Coalition Government’s refusal to invest in rail infrastructure has been widely critiqued by planning experts, but having profitable, successful rail infrastructure could be possible without government help… and property is the key. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 9 October 2013 — The Victorian Government wants to shift the state’s population growth to regional areas by creating a permanent urban growth boundary around Melbourne and “protecting the suburbs” from densification. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 30 September 2013 — It seems no one’s happy about proposed changes to the NSW Planning reforms, with community groups saying the changes don’t go far enough and developers saying they go too far. Read More  
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