Australia

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
September 2, 2011, 9am PDT
With high scores in five broad categories, Melbourne, Australia received the highest spot in livability rankings from The Economist's research unit.
TheCityFix.com
July 23, 2011, 11am PDT
Student designer Alexander Vittouris won a design award for his bicycle made out of bamboo. What's so special about that? Vittouris shaped the frame as it grew so it needed no assembly.
Grist
July 18, 2011, 5am PDT
An Australian study indicates that in large cities in Europe, North America and Australia, driving has 'peaked' largely due to congestion causing a limit to commuter's travel, known as the Marchetti wall.
Fast Company
July 13, 2011, 11am PDT
Australia's first term prime minister Julia Gillard announced a carbon tax that will charge $23 per metric ton. Though Australia is one of the world's top carbon polluters, the program will start next year, reports Sarah Laskow, GOOD Magazine.
GOOD Magazine
June 30, 2011, 11am PDT
Officials are estimating that within 30 years, the combined impact of urban development, climate change and a chlamydia outbreak will cause koalas to go extinct.
The Telegraph
June 24, 2011, 8am PDT
It is commonly accepted that most U.S. cities couldn't support transit-only streets. But Wellington, New Zealand is a model any U.S. city could follow, writes Jarrett Walker.
June 22, 2011, 12pm PDT
Recently released Capital City Planning Framework for Perth outlines a mixed-use city that is both livable and welcoming to outsiders.
Architecture & Design
May 24, 2011, 11am PDT
Yes, people walk around more, less obesity, etc. But a report shows that city kids are less frequently allowed outside to play for safety concerns.
New Geography
May 1, 2011, 7am PDT
Planners have embraced "1/4th of a mile" as the official distance that people are willing to walk to take transit. But why is that the measure, and is it accurate?
Human Transit
March 19, 2011, 9am PDT
Randy Salzman says that Australian cities like Perth and Melbourne have found "the key to moving individual transportation behavior away from the convenience of the single-occupancy vehicle."
Miller-McCune
March 10, 2011, 9am PST
Drastic flooding inundated Queensland, Australia, and damaged many of the city's buildings. As recovery begins, some are rethinking the city's development patterns.
Architectural Record
February 22, 2011, 12pm PST
The Western Australian city has an urban renewal plan by the waterfront estimated to cost $440 million AU.
PerthNow
February 16, 2011, 11am PST
An Australian report finds that suburbs in Australia may be on the path to slum status if the country's oil addiction is not resisted.
Treehugger
February 15, 2011, 6am PST
The Planning Institute of Australia released a report that predicts a grim future for Australia's suburbs, unless the government moves to radically overhaul its transport and urban policies.
The Sydney Morning Herald