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Are city centre apartment towers really slums?

Are city centre apartment towers really slums?

It's a common charge but Melbourne's city centre apartment towers aren't remotely like real slums and nor are they likely to be in the forseeable future

Do high-rise apartment towers promote social isolation?

Do high-rise apartment towers promote social isolation?

Of all the many criticisms of high-rise living in Australia's capitals, the charge that it reduces "chance encounters" and is socially isolating is the weakest

Are these standards worth $62,500 per apartment?

Are these standards worth $62,500 per apartment?

An independent analysis puts the extra cost of new amenity standards proposed by the Victorian government at $62,500 per apartment

What’s better: a small apartment or nothing?

What’s better: a small apartment or nothing?

"If a cramped apartment is the best someone can find within their budget and other constraints, how would they be better off if that apartment didn’t exist?"

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in August

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in August

Including peak car, infrastructure evaluation, apartment standards, cycling safety, architecture, public transport in the 50s, cars in the 70s, liveable cities, planning new suburbs, and more

Apartment standards: is this sham consultation?

Apartment standards: is this sham consultation?

The Victorian government say it wants to start a serious discussion on design standards for apartments. But it's not telling the full story; it looks like it's doing a bit of "design-washing"

Swedish Rent Control experience a warning for Sydney

Swedish Rent Control experience a warning for Sydney

In response to suggestions that rent increases in Sydney should be regulated, guest writer Peter Vella discusses Sweden's experience with rent control. Be careful what you wish for, he cautions

Apartment living: are regulators keeping up?

Apartment living: are regulators keeping up?

Complaints about smoking on apartment balconies highlight the failure of regulators to address the special problems of the growing proportion of Australians who live in multi-unit housing

Are apartment towers ruining our city centres?

Are apartment towers ruining our city centres?

They're frequently criticised, but high-rise apartments in the city centre save on infrastructure costs, improve sustainability, and help keep housing costs down across the rest of the metro area

Is high-rise CBD living bad for our cities?

Is high-rise CBD living bad for our cities?

High density living in the city centre is an increasingly popular option for some Australians and scores well on sustainability, but there’s still suspicion of this new-fangled way of living