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How big can a hospital get?

How big can a hospital get?

Alan Davies April 19, 2013 8 Comments

The Texas Medical Centre concentrates more than 15 hospitals and a range of medicine-related institutions in 1,000 acres. It's a powerful example of the benefits of agglomeration and specialisation

Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

Alan Davies December 3, 2012 9 Comments

Planners seem seduced by the idea that cities are just lots of self-contained villages. But that view misunderstands what cities are about and why they form.

Are "urban villages" living in the past?

Alan Davies May 5, 2010 4 Comments

The Premier wants a Melbourne which encourages the transformation from a mono-centric to a multi-centred city, “so that people can work closer to where they live”. He goes on to laud Melbourne as “a city we’re all proud of – ‘a city of villages’, a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.” […]