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Built environment

Challenging the vertical sprawl

To understand the major barrier to making our cities more sustainable and environmentally friendly places, just stand in the centre of almost any Australian city and look up. The chances are you will be in...Read more
|Comment|author: Andrew Trounson
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One million urban trees

Now that the one millionth tree has been planted by Greening the West in Melbourne’s western suburbs, there are one million more ways for urbanites to connect with nature. Greening the West, an alliance of local...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Judy Bush, Brian Coffey, and John Symons
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Why Does Universal Street Design Matter?

Accessibility remains a challenge for Belo Horizonte’s bus rapid transit corridor. Improving public transit requires a hard look not just at vehicles and routes but at how people get on and off them. Too often, design...Read more
|Comment|author: Paula Manoela dos Santos
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Take the tram into a more playable city

Playable cities connect people and place in creative ways. They appropriate urban environments and infrastructure and provide ways for citizens to participate in smart cities. While people may be aware of smart cities, these are...Read more
|Comment|author: Troy Innocent

10 ideas to transform the future of public spaces

African public spaces are complex, especially so against the backdrop of fast urbanising cities and increasing socio-economic volatility. Public space in South Africa was, and in some instances still remains, a contentious issue due to apartheid spatial planning...Read more
|Comment|author: Future Cape Town
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Cities have metabolisms too

Cities like Rotterdam and İzmir are implementing the urban metabolic approach, focusing on sustainable infrastructure, connectivity and efficiency. These cities work to Streamline Resource Use at a Civic Level. From space, cities can look like microscopic...Read more
|Comment|author: Hande Dönmez and Cigdem Cörek Öztaş
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Building cities for a changing climate

Our cities are responsible for a large chunk of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, so the way we plan and construct them has to adapt to the future impacts of climate change. Worldwide, buildings are responsible...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Anna Hurlimann and Dr Georgia Warren-Myers