It’s a commonplace observation that new detached houses in Australia’s outer suburbs are much bigger than in the past. The interesting question is why Why are new suburban houses so bloody big?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
Part one of ABC TV’s Streets of Your Town is an enjoyable look at 60s and 70s modernist domestic architecture but it’s not as relevant to today as it claims Does ABC-TV’s Streets of Your Town get it wrong?
Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?
Shoebox apartments, trailer parks, regional dormitories, cycling, gender balance, India, dull Sydney, level crossings, heritage, infrastructure, road pricing, neighbours, and more Are city centre apartment towers really slums?
A significantly more compact urban form in a city like Melbourne would improve public health, but it doesn’t seem a very compelling justification for strategic land use policy Is better health a key rationale for urban policy?
More cyclists on the roads is associated with fewer fatal crashes. The safety in numbers effect might be part of the explanation but there are others that are arguably more important Why do more cyclists on the road mean fewer riders die?
The Age has done an outstanding job of reporting on the demolition of the Corkman Irish Pub. Excellence in day-to-day reporting warrants greater industry recognition Is The Age’s reporting of the Corkman Pub fiasco prize-worthy?
Politicians are prone to understating the cost of transport projects resulting in too many poor projects getting up ahead of what should be higher priorities Do politicians care about the cost of infrastructure promises?
Recreating the character and community of the inner city in the middle and outer suburbs would require much more than building a similar physical enviroment Could terrace houses make Cherrybrook like Surry Hills?
It’s now time for a sensible discussion of what might be done with the unlawfully demolished Corkman hotel. Let the law deal with the culprit and focus on the best use of the site for the city Where to next with the Corkman hotel?