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Weekend reading, June 24 2017

Weekend reading, June 24 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

Should this movie set get heritage protection?

Should this movie set get heritage protection?

It sounds preposterous and more than a little like fiction, but there's a push in Melbourne to give heritage protection to the house used as a set in the film The Castle

Should greyhound racing history be forgotten?

Should greyhound racing history be forgotten?

It would be unfortunate if the appalling findings of the Special Commission meant the historical role of greyhound racing in the social and cultural life of NSW was overlooked

Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?

Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?

Cycling as a means of transport was largely ignored by policy-makers in Australian cities until relatively recently but the work of early activists like the late Alan Parker was crucial

How big was cycling in Australia in the past?

How big was cycling in Australia in the past?

Cycling in Australia was much bigger historically - 10% mode share during WW2 - than it is now, but it's never come anywhere near the past and present popularity of cycling in the Netherlands

Why has Sydney’s density been falling for 150 years?

Why has Sydney’s density been falling for 150 years?

In the middle of the nineteenth century Sydney was denser than Manhattan, but while the latter's population density continued to increase, peaking in 1910, Sydney's fell sharply after 1861

What if all those heritage buildings hadn’t been torn down?

What if all those heritage buildings hadn’t been torn down?

Imagine if those magnificent historic city streetscapes and marvellous nineteenth century buildings in the centres of our major cities were never destroyed. How would things be different?

Is it time for a National Architecture Gallery?

Is it time for a National Architecture Gallery?

Moves by heritage organisations to increase protection for so-called brutalist 60s and 70s buildings suggests it’s time to get serious about establishing a National Architecture Gallery

Book giveaway – ‘1835: The founding of Melbourne’

Book giveaway – ‘1835: The founding of Melbourne’

I’ve got two copies of James Boyce’s new book, 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia (RRP $44.95), to give away to readers of The Melbourne Urbanist thanks to the publisher, Black Inc. All you have to do is tell me your favourite song that references or evokes Melbourne in some way and you’re […]

What makes great architecture?

What makes great architecture?

I’ve written the odd bit about architecture and design before (see here) but I always intended to write more. I’d especially like to review buildings, but it’s hard to get any hard information on how buildings perform for their owners and users – that’s one reason why so much architectural writing is either self-serving or […]