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ALAN DAVIES | April 25, 2015 | ARCHITECTURE & BUILDINGS | |

Designing memorials: is simple and subtle the best way?

The design of emotionally intense projects like memorials needs “great imagination and deep subtlety”; memorials are one of the hardest and most fraught commissions a designer can take on

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ALAN DAVIES | April 23, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 19 |

What costs society more: cars or trains?

The private cost of driving is much higher than taking public transport, but negatives like traffic congestion and road casualties mean the social cost of driving is similar to the public subsidy for trains and buses

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ALAN DAVIES | April 21, 2015 | CYCLING | 23 |

Why don’t more train travellers ‘bike and ride’?

Bicycles are hardly used at all for cycling to the station in Austalia’s major cities; one reason is lack of secure bicycle storage at rail stations but it’s only one of a number of constraints

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ALAN DAVIES | April 20, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 16 |

Is rail performing at its peak in Australian cities?

Like other Australian cities, Sydney’s rail system is consciously designed with the capacity to accommodate brief peaks of intense demand. Smoothing the peaks would reduce costs significantly

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ALAN DAVIES | April 16, 2015 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 11 |

Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Contrary to Mr Abbott’s assertion, the East West Link isn’t necessary to reduce urban traffic congestion; it’s a symptom of the failure of governments at all levels to manage excessive demand.

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ALAN DAVIES | April 15, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 19 |

Is walking the only way to get to the station?

Train travellers in Sydney mostly live within walking distance of a station, suggesting that feeder modes like buses and bicycles aren’t being deployed effectively to attract more distant users

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ALAN DAVIES | April 13, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 36 |

We’ve done it before, so why can’t we build heaps more rail lines?

It might seem easy to build more rail lines given so many were built in the past. But in some cases we wouldn’t tolerate the same conditions that provided much of our legacy infrastructure

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ALAN DAVIES | April 10, 2015 | MISCELLANEOUS | |

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in March

A list of the articles published on The Urbanist in the previous month ranging across cycling, trains, favourite cities, heritage, major events, architecture, driving, skyscrapers and apartments

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ALAN DAVIES | April 09, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 6 |

How best to measure travel in Sydney?

How travel is measured in a city like Sydney is important because over-reliance on a single metric can lead policy-makers to under value the potential of land use changes and of particular modes

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ALAN DAVIES | April 08, 2015 | HOUSING | 88 |

Are humans meant to live in high-rise towers?

Social psychologist and author Hugh Mackay reckons the City of Parramatta’s plan to build more high-rise residential towers is a big mistake because it’s not how humans are meant to live

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