Urbanism

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…

We need a comprehensive housing approach to deal with heatwaves

Heatwaves across much of the country this summer have revealed a serious problem with our national housing stock. Stressed electricity networks that can’t guarantee supply have led to politicians advising…

Liberal state governments promise to axe renewables targets

Opposition Liberal governments in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland have promised to axe their state’s renewable energy targets, responding to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s call for a unified national approach.…

Michael Mann: Finding hope in a time of madness

It’s hard to know where to start to convey some of the amazing energy that leading US climate scientist Michael Mann brought to Sydney this week for a workshop and…

Sydney Science Park to become a living lab for CSIRO

Developer Celestino has partnered with CSIRO to launch a new research hub in Penrith aimed at developing and testing ways to make urban spaces and cities more liveable and sustainable.…

How states and territories compare on climate action

With a near vacuum on climate change action at the federal level, and federal ministers even agitating to further reduce already paltry efforts, attention is increasingly being placed on the…

When the heat is on, we need city-wide plans to keep cool

The recent spate of heatwaves through eastern Australia has reminded us we’re in an Australian summer. On top of another record hot year globally, and as heatwaves become more frequent…

Sydney’s deep divide and how to end it

Urgent policy action is needed to provide better health outcomes and effective job density as Sydney’s population doubles over the next 40 years, according to the Committee for Sydney. The…

Victorian EPA finally gets some teeth

The Environment Protection Authority Victoria now has more clout to prevent environmental pollution rather than respond to it – and it’s getting $45.5 million over the next two years to…