Australia

July 12, 2013, 1pm PDT
Jared Green looks at the floating forest that has made itself home aboard the decommissioned SS Ayrfield, 'a 1,140-tonne behemoth built in 1911 as a steam collier', that can be found bobbing in Australia's Homebush Bay.
THE DIRT
July 1, 2013, 11am PDT
With the number of serviceable trains dwindling the Sydney Monorail is being scrapped.
The Sydney Morning Herald
June 24, 2013, 1pm PDT
Danish architect Jan Gehl and a steadfast group of local collaborators have transformed Melbourne from a lifeless 9-5 city into a preeminently livable place. Mitra Anderson-Oliver looks at the principles that have guided their work.
Assemble
April 19, 2013, 11am PDT
The world's increasing water crises demand a new approach to managing the urban water cycle. Water sensitive urban design seeks to integrate water into urban environments, rather than isolating it, to create more livable cities.
The Guardian
March 15, 2013, 6am PDT
A new article by city historian Graeme Davison traces the rise and fall of the suburban paradigm from its ideological roots in Victorian England to its current backlash.
The Atlantic Cities
March 10, 2013, 7am PDT
A newly published University of Melbourne study ten years in the making reveals that increased access to shops, parks, and other amenities increased walking and overall health.
Science Daily
February 12, 2013, 8am PST
In carbon-tax friendly Australia wind energy production is now cheaper than coal and natural gas.
Truthout
January 30, 2013, 10am PST
Writing in The Atlantic Cities, Chuck Wolfe provides ten illustrated examples of enjoyable environments that reflect an evolving recognition for the qualitative aspects of the urban experience.
The Atlantic Cities
January 19, 2013, 1pm PST
In Sydney, "the most unaffordable housing market in the English- speaking world", sky-high housing prices are driving residents priced out of the suburbs into apartments downtown, reports Nichola Saminather.
Bloomberg
January 16, 2013, 11am PST
Employing material gathered for his forthcoming book, Chuck Wolfe argues for layered, historical illustrations of how people relate to built and sociocultural communities around them, and offers 5 principles and companion lessons for placemaking.
myurbanist
December 21, 2012, 8am PST
Coal burning is rising everywhere save the U.S. If no changes are made to promote alternatives, it will overtake oil as the world's top energy source within a decade according to a new report from the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA).
Bloomberg News
December 14, 2012, 8am PST
OMA and Populous are among the members of an international team of architects working for developers Lend Lease on a 2.15 million-square-foot revamp of Sydney's Darling Harbour as a convention, exhibition, and entertainment district.
The Architect's Newspaper Blog
December 11, 2012, 1pm PST
A new report issued by the Australian Government analyzes the changing demographics of the country's largest cities, home to 77 percent of its population, and looks at their progress in increasing productivity, sustainability and liveability.
Architecture & Design
November 13, 2012, 7am PST
Cynthia Barnett says Americans live under an "illusion of water abundance" and calls for government water managers and private water companies to "stem the drain on America's water resources before it's too late."
The Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2012, 12pm PDT
Lew Sichelman reports on the lofty goals being pursued by a new $6.2 billion live/play/work development known as Barangaroo - planned for a 54-acre site in East Darling Harbor - which aims to redefine Sydney.
Urban Land
July 10, 2012, 10am PDT
Tim Williams argues that Sydney's ubiquitous and beloved terraced housing provides an exemplary model for developing environmentally efficient and livable communities. So why is their construction being stymied?
Regeneration+Renewal
February 14, 2012, 5am PST
A world first study explicitly demonstrates that large trees in urban parks are “keystone structures” that help provide important habitat and contribute to the richness, abundance and breeding of birds, reports Megan Doherty.
The Canberra Times
Feature
November 28, 2011, 9am PST

What would you do if you could start a city from scratch?

Tim Halbur
October 21, 2011, 10am PDT
That's the title of a draft report from the Australian Dept. of Infrastructure and Transport presenting model processes for creating high-quality urban environments.
Architecture and Design
October 3, 2011, 7am PDT
Jarrett Walker rides on the Wellington Cable Car, giving him the opportunity to explain the four conditions for when a funicular is a sensible transit solution.
Human Transit