A New Age of Progressive Suburbanism?
“We are living in a global suburban age. While statistics demonstrate that the amount of the world population in metropolitan areas is rapidly increasing, rarely is...
Urban Forest Community Engagement
Community engagement is arguably the single most important component in modern urban forestry.
Can Rooftop Community Gardens Be Retrofitted?
Some green roofs function as community gardens, and these spaces can be valuable not only for the building occupants (who cultivate the garden), but for building...
Redefining the Concept of ‘Community Buy-In’
The words ‘community buy-in’ make me cringe, almost as much as ‘have your say.’ We have come so far in our community consultation and engagement practices...
Meet NORM, Who’s Breaking all the Rules on Precinct Scale Water Treatment
Right now, NORM (Natural Organic Recycling Machine) is hard at work processing and cleaning wastewater in one of Portland’s latest urban regeneration areas, the Lloyd EcoDistrict.
Should Communities Be Allowed to Design our Cities?
I’ve often found “public consultation” to be somewhat of a dirty phrase in the development industry.
Green Star Changing the Face of Business as Usual
In the last few weeks, the property and construction sector has reached a momentous milestone: 1,000 Green Star projects.
Is Planning Failing the Housing Needs of Seniors?
Our ageing society is going to put significant pressure on our ability to meet the demands of the senior cohort as the years roll on.
Rethinking Apartment Design For Kids
Most Australian cities are swinging toward apartment living but many think this type of high-rise living is not child-friendly.