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30 July – that was the week that was…

30 July – that was the week that was…

A commentary on stories in the news over the week ending 30 July 2017 bearing on urbanism and it's discontents

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

Monday links (Fairfax-free)

Monday links (Fairfax-free)

Here's some interesting reading to help keep you away from the Fairfax press

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

Is “the suburbs” a useful idea anymore?

Is “the suburbs” a useful idea anymore?

Tall residential towers are widely seen as inappropriate in the suburbs. But maybe the idea of "the suburbs" is itself no longer appropriate

What were the most-read articles published by The Urbanist in 2015?

What were the most-read articles published by The Urbanist in 2015?

A “top-20” list of those articles published by The Urbanist that attracted the largest numbers of readers over the course of 2015, from trains to bicycles, architecture, motorways, and much more

Is it time to cap “the era of the skyscraper”?

Is it time to cap “the era of the skyscraper”?

Victoria's new government shouldn't dismiss CBD residential towers as the playthings of avaricious developers. It should think about the wider benefits from increased housing supply

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

Are apartment towers bad for our cities?

Are apartment towers bad for our cities?

High-rise apartments in the city centre are under constant popular attack, but they facilitate walking, improve housing affordability elsewhere in the metro area, and improve sustainability