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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
{Dream} City

{Dream} City

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...

Baugruppen: A new housing affordability model

The housing affordability crisis in Australia is a product of the cause and effect of numerous factors including the way we fund and build apartments on multi-residential developments. But emerging financial models may help ease the pain. Source: Peter Clarke The word baugruppen means ‘building group’ in German. It is also the name of a new funding model promising savings of up to 30 per cent on the cost of...

Why autonomous vehicles won’t reduce our dependence on cars in cities

Australians have a phobia of sitting in traffic and not finding a car park. Shutterstock Jennifer Kent, University of Sydney The technology of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is progressing rapidly, but have we really thought through how they’ll work in reality? In its report on AVs in Australia, Austroads (the association of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies) paints both positive and negative scenarios...

Feeding cities in the 21st century: why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience

City fringe agriculture gives farmers unique access to direct markets and provides those living in cities the opportunity to connect with local growers. Foodprint Melbourne Rachel Carey, University of Melbourne; Jennifer Sheridan, University of Melbourne, and Kirsten Larsen, University of Melbourne This article is part of a series focusing on the politics of food – what we eat, how our views of...

Sidewalk Talk – a global listening movement – arrives in Australia

Two chairs and a sign: FREE Listening Here. With this simple design, a global movement is born and arrives in Australia: Sidewalk Talk. Sidewalk Talk, a global movement of volunteer listeners, started in San Francisco in the autumn of 2014 when two therapists wondered if listening could “heal the divide” between people. Traci Ruble, co-founder and director of Sidewalk Talk,...


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