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{Dream} City

{Dream} City

Experts debate urban planning for next generation Australia

As Australia heads to a federal election, there is a perception among some voters that our cities are at breaking point, stretched by congested roads, urban sprawl and a housing market that, even with the price falls of the last year and longer, makes affordability a real issue for a large number of young people.

Di Percy’s Little Pilgrimages—refresh your soul

Early on a Sunday 14 April, I rose and set the GPS for Dudley's café in Olinda, a village in the Dandenongs, the low mountains east of Melbourne. There, at 8.30am, I met Di Percy and seven others who had signed up for, as Di describes it, a Little Pilgrimage.

Three things I wish I’d known about cities before I ended up on crutches

I was riding to work several weeks ago down Little Bourke Street when a passenger decided it would be quicker for her to walk than wait in the traffic. Without a second thought she opened her door of her stationary car as I rode past. I was on the correct side of the traffic, the left side between the cars and...

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...

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