Australia

February 14, 2011, 8am PST
Newcastle, Australia's downtown business district lacked street life and was littered with empty buildings. A "Renew Newcastle" campaign brought new life and new residents. PPS talks with the man behind the plan.
Project For Public Spaces
January 14, 2011, 8am PST
Devastating floods have inundated Brisbane, Australia. Some say the city's sprawling development pattern fueled the destruction.
Grist
January 5, 2011, 2pm PST
Prevailing wisdom is that transit mode and frequency of service is dependent on residential density, which leaves low density, outer suburbs in a lurch, instilling an auto-dependent lifestyle. Not so, says Australian researcher and author Paul Mees.
The Age: Victoria
December 20, 2010, 8am PST
The new Government for the State of Victoria in Australia is attempting to reverse basic initiatives pursuing the integration of land use and transport, brought on by NIMBY influences.
The Age Newspaper
November 1, 2010, 1pm PDT
Anton Roux and John Stanley of ON LINE opinion outline the future for Australian cities.
ON LINE opinion
October 13, 2010, 12pm PDT
A variety of controversial planning policies and high-profile development projects in Melbourne have led to widespread resident frustration, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Could planning issues change the city's larger political equation?
The Sydney Morning Herald
September 14, 2010, 7am PDT
Officials in Australia have announced plans to recast downtown Sydney as a pedestrian-friendly central business district.
ABC
July 27, 2010, 2pm PDT
In Melbourne, Australia, a frayed power line gave way today at Southern Cross Station. The resulting domino effect took out most of the city's transit system during the heavy morning commute.
The Age (Australia)
July 12, 2010, 11am PDT
Arid Australia is investing big-time in a water desalination project that will attempt to ease some of the country's water woes.
The New York Times
April 27, 2010, 1pm PDT
Peter Cock argues that Australia's suburbs can and should be transformed into more self-sufficient communities.
Sydney Morning Herald
April 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
Australian architects imagine futuristic density, from jellyfish-shaped cities on the ocean to cactus-like desert structures.
The Age (Australia)
March 10, 2010, 6am PST
Already criticized for its sprawl, the largest city in New Zealand is putting on its game face as it prepares to host its largest sporting event ever - the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The New Zealand Herald
February 22, 2010, 5am PST
Aquaponics offer urbanites a new way to farm sustainably in space- and resource-poor areas.
The New York Times
Feature
February 15, 2010, 5am PST
High-density development in Australia is causing more greenhouse gases than the suburbs, argues Dr. Tony Recsei of the group Save Our Suburbs, in this rebuttal of a blog post by Michael Dudley.
Tony Recsei
January 13, 2010, 1pm PST
McMansions are often thought to be a U.S.-only problem, but Australians have the largest homes in the world, with houses in the state of New South Wales averaging 262.9 square meters (around 2800 sq. ft.).
The Courier Mail
December 2, 2009, 11am PST
Australia's liberal party has just elected a climate change skeptic as its new leader, which could prove to be a challenge to its carbon reduction.
BBC News
November 6, 2009, 8am PST
Last month saw the debut of one of the world's longest footbridges, which also happens to be 100% solar-powered. 36,500 people are projected to walk across the bridge each week.
Inhabitat
November 4, 2009, 1pm PST
Golf courses use dangerous pesticides and hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to maintain their manicured look. Many people would like to change that. But some golf courses says you can have your cake and tee off, too.
Good
October 23, 2009, 6am PDT
GE is going to power the world's largest carbon capture and sequestration project for western Australia, in order to process natural gas from its Gorgon natural gas field.
Environment News Service
Feature
July 16, 2009, 5am PDT

Australia, like most of the world, is feeling the hurt of the economic recession. But the rebound is happening, a fact that's especially evident in the building and development world.

Angus Witherby