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Who's noticed the suburbs are turning green?

Who's noticed the suburbs are turning green?

One of the the great unheralded changes in Australia's cities was the greening of the suburbs - both old and new - over the last thirty to fifty years

Is selling public housing land to developers a good policy?

Is selling public housing land to developers a good policy?

The Victorian Government's policy of inviting proposals from the private sector to redevelop outdated public housing estates is proving controversial

Are towers inherently wrong for public housing?

Are towers inherently wrong for public housing?

St Louis' famously demolished Pruitt-Igoe public housing project has a lesson for the debate over high-rise stemming from the Grenfell Tower fire; it's not really about the architecture

Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?

Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?

The Grenfell Tower fire was the result of flawed policy on public housing, not some inherent flaw in the high-rise residential building type

Will these changes seriously improve affordability?

Will these changes seriously improve affordability?

The Victorian government says "it's tackling housing affordability head on", but its new housing initiatives are mostly about keeping up appearances

Is Paris the right housing model for Australian cities?

Is Paris the right housing model for Australian cities?

The argument that Australian cities can significantly increase inner city density by replicating European housing forms is an argument for keeping newcomers out

Why are new suburban houses so bloody big?

Why are new suburban houses so bloody big?

It's a commonplace observation that new detached houses in Australia's outer suburbs are much bigger than in the past. The interesting question is why

Does ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town get it wrong?

Does ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town get it wrong?

Part one of ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town is an enjoyable look at 60s and 70s modernist domestic architecture but it's not as relevant to today as it claims

Could terrace houses make Cherrybrook like Surry Hills?

Could terrace houses make Cherrybrook like Surry Hills?

Recreating the character and community of the inner city in the middle and outer suburbs would require much more than building a similar physical enviroment

Should trailer parks be trashed?

Should trailer parks be trashed?

With declining affordability we need to take a flexible approach to alternative housing options. We can learn from trailer parks; they're an important and sought-after housing option in the US