City vs sprawl: is this a useful comparison?

This comparison by ABC News of living in the city centre versus living in the fringe suburbs is big but unconvincing; it doesn’t compare apples with apples

City vs sprawl: is this a useful comparison?


Can design make cities safe for women?

A new project shows the urban geography of harrassment and assault suffered by women at the hands of men. The scope for design to mitigate offensive male behaviour is limited

Can design make cities safe for women?


How dangerous is cycling?

Statistically, cycling is much safer than prospective riders imagine, but it’s what they imagine that matters; it still seems too dangerous to generate widespread uptake

How dangerous is cycling?


A proposal for a National Electricity Plan

We need to respond to Australia’s electricity crisis with a comprehensive National Electricity Plan argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook

A proposal for a National Electricity Plan


Is this week’s Grand Prix worth the cost?

Victorian taxpayers will spend around $60 million subsidising this year’s Grand Prix and a further $360 million to the end of the current contract. Time to share the cost

Is this week’s Grand Prix worth the cost?


Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

Sprawl has been the headline city planning issue for more than half a century, but it’s salience has faded over recent decades. Urban policy-makers need to reassess their priorities

Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?


The problems with Transurban’s proposed motorway

Guest writer Russell Smith sets out the arguments against Transurban’s proposed Western Distributor motorway in Melbourne’s inner west

The problems with Transurban’s proposed motorway