The outlook for plug-in electric vehicles powered by clean energy looks promising but they aren’t likely to ameliorate major urban issues like traffic congestion and sprawl Are electric vehicles a game changer?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
The 30-minute city is the big urban policy idea both the Government and the Opposition are bringing to the election. But how realistic is it? Can they actually deliver on this one? Is Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ a serious election issue?
Some residents of inner city Sydney oppose a new McDonalds store they say will destroy their suburb’s “village feel”. But is it much the same impulse as opposing a mosque? Will a McDonalds store be the end of Glebe?
First we had a Federal Minister for Cities, now we have a state Minister for Suburban Development; but the early indications are the latter is more about politics than real policy Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it’s a whole new world?
The idea that Australians sprawl across the suburban landscape on massive “quarter acre” lots is common but it’s a myth and was never true in the modern era Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?
Here’s a parallel universe “fantasy” vision of what Melbourne’s tram network could look like in 30 years time given more money and more acceptance from motorists Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne
The City of Sydney reckons the NSW Government wants to redevelop Waterloo at a density “greater than anything in Singapore”. Turns out Council’s fear of density is ill-founded Is “denser than Singapore” too dense for Sydney?
Cycling as a means of transport was largely ignored by policy-makers in Australian cities until relatively recently but the work of early activists like the late Alan Parker was crucial Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?
A starter list of practical and pressing issues facing cities that don’t seem to get nearly enough attention from Australian university researchers Is academia researching the urban issues that matter?
Architecture awards could provide valuable insight into what it takes to create excellence but it seems they’re mostly about keeping up professional appearances What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?