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From Brisbland to Brisvegas: but is it a more interesting place?

From Brisbland to Brisvegas: but is it a more interesting place?

Like other capital cities, Brisbane has changed enormously over the last 20-30 years, especially in the centre; but it's less clear if it's become a more interesting and distinctive place

Can artists do good work from the suburbs?

Can artists do good work from the suburbs?

Gentrification has made it harder for artists to live and work in the inner city. But it's not as critical a location for them as it once was; many - probably most - live in the suburbs or the country

Can we protect that intangible ‘sense of place’?

Can we protect that intangible ‘sense of place’?

It's hard to protect an intangible quality like the culture of a place because what gave rise to it isn't clear. Governments need to work much harder to understand the underlying mechanics of place

Is Sydney a cultured city?

Is Sydney a cultured city?

London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, released the World cities culture report 2012 yesterday, a survey he commissioned comparing the cultural strength of 12 international cities on 60 variables. One of those twelve cities is Sydney and, of course, London’s there too. The others are Berlin, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Mumbai, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo The Financial Times […]

You talkin’ to me?

You talkin’ to me?

The drive for status is a powerful force that shouldn’t be ignored by urban policy-makers, not least those with an interest in cities. It explains much about the way people behave in urban areas, like why they might live in a McMansion or drive a Prius (I’ve written about status a number of times before […]

Watch what's happening to Google in China

Watch what's happening to Google in China

This isn’t related to urbanism or Melbourne, but it is surely one of the most important unfolding issues of the decade. This site let’s you keep tabs on how the Chinese Government is responding to Google’s ‘provocation’. Pass it on.