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Are "dog box" apartments the work of rapacious landlords?

Alan DaviesJul 16, 201547 Comments

Those who label small apartments as “slums” rarely live in one themselves and are usually in a different demographic; they simply don’t get the rational calculation actual residents make

Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Alan DaviesFeb 19, 20146 Comments

Sydney is Australia’s acknowledged global city and main finance centre, yet despite hosting the Olympic Games, Sydney's growth since 2000 has been much slower than Melbourne's

How many bicycles is too bloody many? Competition winners

How many bicycles is too bloody many? Competition winners

Alan DaviesMay 11, 20132 Comments

The winners of The Urbanist's Where to Ride book competition are Sian Dart and Jane Lodge. For many entrants in the competition, too many bicycles in a household is never enough!

Does spending $40 million to build a branch library make sense?

Does spending $40 million to build a branch library make sense?

Alan DaviesMar 5, 201325 Comments

Sydney City Council has announced the winner of the architectural competition for Sydney's new Green Square library and plaza. But does it make sense to spend big money on a branch library?

Should the public have a say in choosing architects?

Should the public have a say in choosing architects?

Alan DaviesFeb 10, 20138 Comments

The public don't get much say in the selection of designs for major public buildings even though they're the main users, but there's a case for them having a bigger role

Annals of archibabble

Annals of archibabble

Alan DaviesNov 19, 201210 Comments

Architects are brilliant visual communicators but when it comes to words some can't resist resorting to dense, obscure and pretentious "archibabble"

Is the Flinders St Station design competition just about.....design?

Alan DaviesNov 16, 20115 Comments

The Premier gave the Flinders St Station International Design Competition another nudge this week, announcing entries will be formally invited from architects mid next year, with th

Flinders St Station: is a design competition a smart idea?

Alan DaviesSep 10, 201117 Comments

It now seems clear the Government's Flinders Street Station Design Competition is about much more than merely restoring the station to its former glory. This could be a redevelopmen