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News from the front desk: Issue No 240

On disruptors ­– from energy to social cleansing and what’s wrong with art galleries in working class neighbourhoods? Scary Sara Neff from US company Kilroy Realty Corporation not only captured…

Home battery market set to treble in 2017

The huge furore in South Australia over energy security and the challenge by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to provide enough battery storage to avoid power blackouts at record low prices has…

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,…

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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…

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News from the front desk: Issue No 240

On disruptors ­– from energy to social cleansing and what’s wrong with art galleries in working class neighbourhoods? Scary Sara Neff from US company Kilroy Realty Corporation not only captured…

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,…

3

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…

1

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News from the front desk: Issue No 240

On disruptors ­– from energy to social cleansing and what’s wrong with art galleries in working class neighbourhoods? Scary Sara Neff from US company Kilroy Realty Corporation not only captured…

Home battery market set to treble in 2017

The huge furore in South Australia over energy security and the challenge by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to provide enough battery storage to avoid power blackouts at record low prices has…

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,…

3

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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…

1

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Jason Cooper joins Switch Automation

Smart building expert Jason Cooper has joined building efficiency software company Switch Automation as vice president of global sales. Mr Cooper, who will be based in San Francisco, has 15…

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How digital tech and big data is transforming buildings

Digital technology and big data promise a range of benefits to building developers, owners and tenants, including increased rental yields, improved employee retention and lower operational costs. The property sector,…

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