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Making the invisible visible: the energy efficiency story

Making the invisible visible: the energy efficiency story

Over the course of two days earlier this week, 11 brilliant international speakers, 51 home-grown leaders and many more energy efficiency professionals came together at the 10th National Energy Efficiency Conference in Sydney to discuss the theme: Better cities, stronger industry, cheaper energy. 

Time for Sydney to take cycling seriously

Time for Sydney to take cycling seriously

As the world’s list of cities undergoing a cycling revolution continues to grow, you wonder when Sydney will finally reach a tipping point and take cycling as a mode of transport seriously, writes landscape architect Jason Packenham.

Construction innovation stuck in the slow lane

Construction innovation stuck in the slow lane

The Australian construction industry is not innovating fast enough and the fall of Strongbuild is proof, writes Alexia Lidas, observing from the vantage point leading the Design Futures Council (DFC).

Urban interests trump reason: Do we need an inquiry?

Urban interests trump reason: Do we need an inquiry?

If recent troubling reports in The Fifth Estate and elsewhere on the state of urban planning and governance are to be believed, then a sector-wide inquiry sounds like a good idea. Mike Brown, for one, thinks it’s time to take a good hard look into the state of our urban affairs.

How better planning can save Sydney’s music scene (and its mojo)

How better planning can save Sydney’s music scene (and its mojo)

Good planning and governance has the potential to breathe life back into Sydney’s music scene, writes James Hulme from independent think tank The Committee for Sydney. Sydney should consider dedicated music zones, he says, and think outside the box to keep neighbours of noisy venues happy.

Street smarts are crucial to planning our cities  

Street smarts are crucial to planning our cities  

The congestion from bikes, dockless bikes, scooters, e-scooters, e-bikes, EV-charging, and even people is making our kerb-side a battleground. We need to think smarter about how these increasing and competing channels can all access the veins of our city. Most roads are still designed for cars first.

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How to create a tribe of smart city thinkers

SMART CITIES: Connection, collaboration and the enabling power of technology to create better places for people were key out-takes from Australia’s first Smart Cities Week.

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Campaigning groups lead, a lot

Campaigning groups have never been more powerful at changing policy debates and getting their concerns into the public eye.

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The future of on-site construction

Over the next year, industry watchers should expect to see a new piece of construction kit creeping into construction rental fleets.

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Why Sydney needs to keep its sheds and industrial lands

Sydney is the manufacturing capital of Australia, worth $21.5 billion, but left unchecked the industrial land that supports so many important activities could be swallowed up and lost forever by rapidly encroaching residential development.

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How smart cities are about to rock our world

What’s the connection between smart cities and sustainability? How about cleaner water, zero waste, smart transport, better engagement with communities and building resilience? Is that a good start?

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