Infrastructure & transport

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How cities are decarbonising

Now we know that an investment of $1.83 trillion a year in 16 low-carbon measures in cities – about 2 per cent of global GDP –  could reduce global urban emissions by 90 per cent by 2050.

On the need for speed and is it just a nasty habit we need to break?

We’re amazingly quick on the uptake when it comes to some kinds of innovation – air travel for example, which has only been a thing for just under a century. But the cost of close to 100 years of flying has been a whole new source of pollution and carbon emissions.

Peak car – what is it, and so what?

The “peak car” phenomenon has captured the attention of many but what is it really? This is a deep dive into mobility trends of today and where this might steer us into the future.

Observations on Japanese city making

You might think that a city like Tokyo, with a metro population of 14 million, has very little in common with a city like Sydney or Melbourne.

The post-election infrastructure review

The NSW and federal 2019 elections saw the return of Coalition governments. My perspective – from western Sydney – is: Coalition infrastructure policies have been dreadful, Labor’s offerings weren’t any better.

Philip Thalis on Sydney’s future: public treasures or throwaway junk buildings?

The nature of Sydney’s built environment and its brand has been under siege from a range of critics in recent years. Now renowned architect and City of Sydney councillor Philip Thalis has waded into the fray with a searing look at what will happen to public Sydney under the current regime of how it treats its built environment.

Rethinking the city means rethinking economics 

Rethinking the city means rethinking economics 

We have become accustomed to talking about economic disruptions in recent years.  Disruption of the taxi industry by Uber and of the hotel industry by Airbnb. Before that, we had…