“The burnt out ends of smoky days…” er no, wrong literary reference; should be Orhan Pamuk’s novel, Museum of  Innocence. This work is in the (actual) Museum of Innocence that Mr Pamuk set up in parallel with the novel.

Is it just vehicles or are MAMILs killing themselves too?

Cycling fatalities are declining in Australia in absolute terms and especially in “real” terms. But MAMILs beware; a new study finds almost a third of all deaths while cycling are from natural causes

Do super-sized supermarkets cause obesity?

A study of eight countries concludes there’s a strong correlation between obesity and the size of supermarkets. The authors suggest large supermarkets emphasise quantity over quality

Can we have an Australian Museum of Architecture (AMOA) please?

It’s way past time Australia had a national architecture museum to promote the value of good design and celebrate the enormous contribution the discipline has made to the built environment

Are these CBD planning changes mostly symbolic?

New planning rules intended to improve CBD amenity in the face of Melbourne’s apartment tower boom look like Clayton’s rules. The problem they’re supposedly addressing has probably passed

Does cycling get preferential treatment compared to walking?

There’s an argument that cycling gets a disproportionate share of attention compared to other modes with much greater use like walking and public transport. But it’s not really a puzzle.

Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

The idea that a big city should be turned into a “20 minute city” is marketing fluff. People don’t live in cities of two to five million so they can replicate some idea of traditional country town life

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

Can the outer suburbs walk like the inner city?

Walking accounts for a large share of all trips in the inner city but translating that pattern to the outer suburbs isn’t easy; there’s more to it than simply increasing dwelling densities on the fringe

It’s still ailing, so what next for Melbourne Bike Share?

It’s been going for five years but Melbourne Bike Share still struggles to generate much interest; it’s time to look at other ways this valuable infrastructure could be used

Does Turnbull’s Minister for Cities mean it’s a whole new world?

There’s lots of rejoicing about Malcolm Turnbull’s appointment of a Minister for Cities. But let’s hold the champagne until he shows he’s really serious about urban policy and can really deliver

Is there an upside for commuters from train strikes?

Train strikes are a pain in the arse for commuters but they might have a silver lining; “forced experimentation” seems to lead to more efficient use of the public transport system

Where’s the $4.5 billion taken from public transport funding?

The Opposition reckons Malcolm Turnbull should reinstate the $4.5 billion Tony Abbott “cut” from urban public transport. Trouble is the money never existed

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

The Opposition is setting the bar on cities policy way too low. Malcolm Turnbull will have no trouble skipping over it without being forced to seriously address the underlying challenges in urban policy

Would urban policy benefit from a greater diversity of views?

The Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for cities offers the possibility that some leading conservatives might recognise their affinity with urbanism and start to engage with it in a positive way

Why have these cycling projects been forgotten?

Governments are good at promising more infrastructure but too often they’re poor at delivery. Here are four cycling projects the Victorian Government appears to have dropped in a black hole