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The psychology of living environments

To create a thriving future, we best pay attention to the design of our buildings and places. Daily immersion in living environments, as opposed to man-made environments, plays a key…

Value Capture: how do we stop Value Escape?

There seems to be almost unanimous and vigorous agreement that the pursuit of value capture is a worthwhile initiative in helping us to augment scarce infrastructure funding. However, we seem…

Why the Grattan Institute is wrong on value capture

The Grattan Institute has produced a worrying report on value capture. It appears to be doing the bidding of traffic engineers who are very worried by the shift away from…

Can urban congestion really be solved with high speed rail?

It’s back – now better than ever! This time, high-speed rail could solve Australia’s housing affordability problems! Australian capital cities are facing challenges of diminishing housing affordability, increasing urban congestion,…

Creating the female-friendly city

The theme of International Women’s Day was “Be Bold for Change”. In that spirit, what bold decisions can Sydney make to ensure that it genuinely reflects and responds to the…

Why we must pay attention to the diversity dividend

Following is an edited transcript of a speech Alex Harrington, chief executive of the Warren Centre, delivered at the Norman Disney & Young breakfast function celebrating International Women’s Day on…

The Do Gooder’s Dilemma

Last night I watched a Louis Theroux. Not just any Louis Theroux, the last one. You see, I’ve been working my way through them one by one and I left…

40-year planning strategies: Is there a point?

The newly-created Greater Sydney Commission has been assigned the ambitious task of envisaging the Greater Sydney region in 40 years’ time. But in a world where disruptive technologies are constantly…

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