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Is architectural criticism critical?

Alan DaviesApr 30, 20103 Comments

Reviews can sometimes be very scathing. Consider this reviewer

Is medium density housing on tram routes sustainable?

Alan DaviesApr 29, 201020 Comments

The major opportunities appear to be on tram routes in the inner suburbs, around

Did good design make Federation Square a success?

Alan DaviesApr 28, 20107 Comments

Melbourne has had a long and sorry history in its search for a successful city square, but it

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Is the Very Fast Train all huff and no puff?

Alan DaviesApr 27, 201023 Comments

The idea of a very fast train (VFT) connecting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne is gaining momentum (again). The

Are smart meters always a smart idea?

Alan DaviesApr 26, 20101 Comment

You need to be careful with incentive programs that aim to change behaviour by providing consumers with feedback on, for example, their level of electricity consumption. Husband and wi

Is commuting harder on women?

Alan DaviesApr 25, 2010

This study by three University of Sheffield researchers finds that commuting has a detrimental effect on the well-being of women, but not men. The authors explore possible explanations

Are older drivers a danger to others?

Alan DaviesApr 24, 20104 Comments

Radio National had a fascinating talk-back session yesterday on older drivers (audio download

More on scooters

Alan DaviesApr 23, 20101 Comment

Wordpress wouldn’t let me upload my planned post last night or early this morning about Melbourne City Councils' proposals for apartments along tram routes, so I’m trying something

Was Melton a bad idea?

Alan DaviesApr 22, 201010 Comments

Melton township has a population of around 40,000 (

Will the streets of Melbourne look more like Hanoi than Manhattan in the future?

Alan DaviesApr 21, 201014 Comments

Given that a high proportion of car trips involve only the driver, I expect that many motorists would respond to dramatically higher fuel prices by shifting to scooters rather than to

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