What did the great philosopher Socrates ponder on? Along with how to be a good person and how to design the perfect society, high on the list for this ancient sage was the importance of urban design.

“By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom,” he wrote, “is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.” These days, that timeless wisdom is more valid than ever. Australia’s population is growing, with almost 24 million of us today predicted to grow to as much…