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Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

Driving will inevitably continue to have a huge impact on the liveability of Australia's growing cities - policy-makers must stop ignoring the car and start "taming" it

Is Paris the right housing model for Australian cities?

Is Paris the right housing model for Australian cities?

The argument that Australian cities can significantly increase inner city density by replicating European housing forms is an argument for keeping newcomers out

How big a problem are “super commutes”?

How big a problem are “super commutes”?

Rely on the sensationalising media for news and you might conclude most suburban workers suffer daily "super commutes" of an hour and a half or more. Not so

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

RMIT says it's replacing all 16,000 discs on the outer facade of the Design Hub to "go solar". Very commendable but RMIT has a history of spinning this project and seems intent on playing on

Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Melbourne's new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It's an exciting project but a lot more could've been done in this premier location

Is Fairfax telling us stories?

Is Fairfax telling us stories?

Fairfax newspapers seem to have a conscious policy of identifying with certain issues they presumably think are popular with their readers. In my area of interest – urban affairs – The Age often takes predictable and specific lines on certain topical matters. Whatever the commercial advantages of such a strategy might be, there’re clear public […]

What about the street?

What about the street?

Here’s another building I’m listing on my No Street Cred Register – it’s a recently completed museum and housing development at 1280 Park Ave, Manhattan (Hat tip to Market Urbanism). Designed by Robert Stern, One Museum Mile is notable for its almost complete failure to offer anything to the street. It joins some of my […]

RMIT’s Design Hub revisited: is green turning red?

RMIT’s Design Hub revisited: is green turning red?

It seems I was right to raise concerns about the green credentials of RMIT’s new Design Hub. Following publication of my article on Tuesday, Are all green buildings really that green?, RMIT amended the description of the building on its web site earlier today. In the earlier post, I queried two major claims the University […]

Are all green buildings really that green?

Are all green buildings really that green?

Every new public building, it seems, is a wonder of green efficiency, driving the bar of ecological innovation ever higher. Green buildings usually cost more up-front, but the pay-off is lower operating costs and lower emissions over the lifecycle of the building. That’s the theory anyway. The public sector is particularly susceptible to hype and […]