Urbanism

Our favourite cities – by four urban planners

Here, four urban planners name their favourite cities, and explain what makes them special.

Has the world reached peak ecological footprint?

Humanity’s ecological footprint may have levelled off after decades of consistent increase, according to new data released last week by the Global Footprint Network.

Bikeshare: a challenge worth solving

Dockless share bikes are dotted across Australia’s major cities – useful to some, seemingly a nuisance to many. In Sydney, the debate is dominated by the accusation that bike share is a “bad thing” affecting the city, and that we would be better off kicking the bikes out.

Sexism and the city: how urban planning has failed women

We need to have a conversation about sexism and the city. Gender affects all other “vulnerable group” considerations in the cities, where nearly 90% of Australians live.

women cycling to work

Closing the gender gap in active transport

A true measure of how a city’s transport networks perform is the number of women walking, cycling and using public transport, Sharon Moller argues.

CEFC makes first infrastructure equity commitment

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has tipped $150 million into Australia’s largest infrastructure fund to help reduce carbon emissions across airports, ports and electricity infrastructure.

Goulburn abattoir switches to biogas

You may not like what they do, particularly if you’re a vegetarian, but at least one of them is now doing it sustainably. That’s the case for an abattoir at Goulburn south west of Sydney that is now powering its operation from biogas sourced from its effluent. 

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Cars flouting cyclist safety rules

One in six cars passing cyclists aren’t leaving the minimum required distance, according to a new study from Queensland University of Technology, which has called for better road infrastructure to reduce risks.