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Keeping sacred spaces safe from sexual predators

Today, I sat glued to the radio listening to the sentencing of George Pell, the convicted sex offender who remains a cardinal in the Catholic Church. I felt revulsion. The description of his offences was both believable and disgusting. As with all sexual offences, his acts were abuses of power. His arrogance breathtaking said chief justice Peter Kidd in sentencing Pell. Committing...

Another 30 apartments up for grabs in Nightingale Village

A new tranche of 30 apartments went up for grabs at Nightingale Village, with buyers invited to ballot for their preferred apartment by Thursday 14 March. CRT+YRD Resident Information. Source: Hayball Given that the first building offered in the village, Skye House by Breathe Architecture, received 150 ballots for the...

First ballot for Nightingale Village apartments oversubscribed by 435%. New ballot opens

Nightingale Village, the ambitious development being undertaken by seven architecture practices in Brunswick, Melbourne, has won overwhelming support from Melbourne home buyers in its first test of the market. The village involves seven buildings in a single precinct each designed by a difference architecture practice. Breathe Architecture is the lead architecture practice and offered the...

Does Fed Square deserve heritage protection after only 20 years?

The proposed redesign of Federation Square includes demolishing the iconic Yarra building for an Apple store. from shutterstock.com James Lesh, University of Melbourne The Victorian branch of the National Trust...

Weed Dating: Is it time you got down and dirty with a bunch of strangers?

Deep in the heart of Brunswick, down by the Merry Creek, lies a market garden growing a remarkable secret crop. Owned until 2003 by Joe Garita, an Italian community builder and gardener, Joe and his family joyfully shared their passion and produce for decades until, through a series of events, the lease fell to the community environment park, CERES. In memory...

Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times

A visualisation of a Refuge City street scene. Richard Weller/Julian Bolleter, Author provided Julian Bolleter, University of Western Australia and Ken Parish, Charles Darwin University Australia is...

Changes to the Local Government Act may be good news for worried teenagers

Local governments will be forced by proposed changes to the Act that governs them to widen their consultation with the community. The move will be good news for teenagers who are often left out of the process, says Emily Taylor, a senior project manager for CoDesign Studio, a Melbourne facilitation company that specialises in helping local government and developers...

What teenagers want their cities to be like when they are asked

Despite evidence that urban life can affect mental health and even induce psychosis, no study has investigated whether specific features of urban neighbourhoods increase children's risk for psychotic symptoms, the research published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin in 2016 noted. (read related article: How our cities worsen the mental health of teenagers) the Free To Be project, conducted by Plan International,...

How our cities worsen the mental health of teenagers

Are our cities planned in a way that supports the mental health of teenagers? Or does the way we design our cities have a negative impact on their happiness? Mental health is the top issue on the minds of young people, according to a recent youth survey report from Mission Australia. This survey and a report by engineering company Arup...

Why I, a cyclist, won’t run down a pedestrian (even though they are walking in the bike lane)

Of course, I am not going to run over a pedestrian on my electric bike! Well, I hope not anyway. Mind you, they look so fiercely determined as they march along the designated bike lane on Bourke Street towards Southern Cross station. And they don’t get out of my way as I ride on the small sliver of the...

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