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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…

How to spend an extra US$600 billion a year on climate finance

Jenya Khvatsky’s start-up company CleanTek Market has been founded to create a global online platform to connect clean technology projects, technologies and organisations with investors, end users and intermediaries. Here’s…

Data, cities and a new civic pride

Victorian England. From the shadows of wealth grew poverty. Slums slumped against symbols of civic pride, cowering next to towering town halls funded through rich merchant princes, whose elitist rule…

Warming up to climate-sensitive design

With 2016 achieving the unenviable title of “world’s hottest year on record” and 2017 already seeing a onslaught of heatwaves in Australia, what are some of the sustainable design features…

7 ways we can turbo-charge retail sustainability

Shopping centres are some of our biggest energy guzzlers, but in recent times have been moving towards a greener future. Here’s seven ways they could continue to push.

Housing: The 5 things I learned staying in a tiny home

Alexander Symes and Joanne Jakovich from Big World Homes have spent years developing the prototype of their flat-packed sustainable home, which launched last September in Sydney. At the small scale,…

The clean energy juggernaut can’t be stopped now

2015 was a milestone year in mankind’s comprehension of the climate change challenge. At COP21 in December, every government in the world assented to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.…

How is family housing property reshaping welfare regimes?

While intergenerational inequalities have become more pronounced in recent years, they also appear to have reinforced intergenerational cooperation and the revival of the family as a provider of welfare and…

Stacking the business case for biophilic urbanism

This article highlights key findings from an Environmental Economics PhD study recently completed by Queensland University of Technology’s Dr Omniya el-Baghdadi.

How data can create better places for people

I have been concerned at the lack of quality data used in shaping critical planning strategies for our cities and regions around Australia.

How six women leaders would build the future

One year has passed since the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) were decided upon in New York. The core aims and objectives of the 17 SDGs are to eradicate poverty,…

Skills, strategy and investing in the vineyard

On 19 February 1879, construction began on Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. On 28 July 1923, it was the Sydney’s Harbour Bridge’s turn.

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