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...
In an effort to deliver what the market wants—cheaper and more energy-efficient housing—the construction industry has lost its way. The answer? More oversight and regulation, according to the authors of a new report, lawyer Bronwyn Weir and...
Citizens struggle to engage in the planning process for various reasons, says Tania Davidge, the president of the Our City Our Square campaign that overturned the proposed Apple store in Fed...
Victory. A proposal to demolish part of Melbourne’s Fed Square to build a flagship Apple store is dead. The relentless and creative campaign against the proposal––led by a nine-member, non-profit, non-political group, Our City Our Square––has lessons for all citizen...
Standing in front of a white board in the weeks before April 5 this year, architect Tania Davidge was diagramming worst-case scenarios with her team: The Citizens for Melbourne. Davidge and her group are behind a successful...
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...