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Is loud advertising at railway stations going too bloody far?

Is loud advertising at railway stations going too bloody far?

Noisy marketing is intruding into more aspects of daily life, even catching a train. Cities should be improving the comfort and appeal of public transport, not making it an annoying experience

Are motorcycles the answer to urban traffic congestion?

Are motorcycles the answer to urban traffic congestion?

Imagine if the streets of inner city Australia teemed with small, quiet motorcycles, scooters and bicycles with only the occasional car or truck. Imagine if they looked more like Hanoi than LA

Is this suburban townhouse development too much?

Is this suburban townhouse development too much?

Smaller projects in established suburbs are a key way of increasing housing supply but are often problematic because of their impact on existing residents; considerate design and scale is crucial

An Aroma of links for urbanists

An Aroma of links for urbanists

Compare cities side-by-side; hipster traps; the magic of sharing; noise in cities; perceptions aren't always reality; the most diverse cities in the US; exercise doesn't stop obesity; Kisho Kurokawa's famous Tokyo capsule tower to be demolished

How ‘socially disordered’ are the places we live in?

How ‘socially disordered’ are the places we live in?

Almost 60% of Australian adults reckon there’s at least one social disorder issue in their local area. Top of the list are concerns about noisy vehicles, dangerous driving, rowdy behaviour and offensive language. These findings are from the latest release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) national Crime Victimisation Survey. It was conducted from […]

Does the Grand Prix have to be so effin' loud?

Does the Grand Prix have to be so effin' loud?

There’s an important debate going on about the net economic benefits of the Australian Grand Prix, but what I can’t get over is the noise. The nearest point of Albert Park is 9 km as the crow flies from my house yet today I can hear it inside. It’s not loud enough to be annoying […]

Can we make living together better?

Can we make living together better?

OK so now it’s time to turn to State politics. I have a modest idea for making our major cities more liveable that I’d like to offer to the Premiers and Opposition Leaders of Victoria, NSW and Queensland in the run up to their forthcoming State elections. The idea could be named something like the […]

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

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

I’ve believed for some years that motor scooters and motorcycles are likely to become a much more important component of Melbourne’s transport system if the cost of fuel increases dramatically. Scooters and small motorcycles are extremely popular in cities like Hanoi where, like the probable Melbourne of the future, the cost of transport is very […]

Get social to increase density

Get social to increase density

Almost everyone with an interest in the future development of Melbourne agrees that a key strategy for dealing with unprecedented population growth is to increase the supply of multi unit housing in the suburbs. Unfortunately there is also a consensus that this objective will be hard to achieve given the near certainty that existing residents […]