14 Feb 2017

Moral machines

By Sally Raphael

New technology raises a myriad of questions about how the design of our cities will change to accommodate them. But what is of increasing interest is how machines will be programmed to make difficult, even moral, decisions...

14 Feb 2017

From off grid homes to high-rises

By Kate Fuller

Move over driverless cars, Tesla are ready to make an even bigger impact on our lives, our cities and our homes, with their recently announced off grid solar technology offer.

But how will this accessible new solar technology impact our lives, economy, environment and our architecture?

12 Feb 2017

Driverless cities – preparing for a transport revolution

By Kate Fuller

With driverless cars already taking to the roads in Pittsburg, San Francisco and even on trial in Adelaide, the autonomous vehicle revolution is upon us – whether we like it or not.

But as Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading urban planning and architecture firms, Hames Sharley, Caillin Howard asks – how will this revolution impact our cities and our societies?

13 Jan 2017

Divisive architecture is nothing new

By Sally Raphael

During his candidacy Donald Trump proposed the idea of building a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico.

While his proposition triggered intense debate, not only about the Trump wall itself, but also about the modern challenges of migration, it gave us pause to consider the role of architecture, and how it can divide or unite us.

13 Jan 2017

Science and technology advances for a new world

Seven top futurists have shared their predictions with HuffPost Science on what the next decade will bring in science and technology – with a “brain-net” and 3D printers for clothing and human organs being just some of the forecasts.

13 Jan 2017

Begging for a better solution

By Kate Fuller

From the global financial crisis to the ever-increasing refugee crisis, homelessness and begging has become a major issue for cities around the world.

In the last global survey of homelessness by the United Nations in 2005 it was reported that an estimated 100 million global citizens were homeless, while a 2015 report from Habitat for Humanity showed that as many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing.

12 Dec 2016

How summer festivals and major events transform cities

By Kate Fuller with Chris Maher

The silly season is well and truly upon us, with summer festivals and major events ready to invigorate just about every Australian city and town over the coming months.

But how do these annual events and festivals impact our towns and cities? What do they bring to our urban spaces and communities? And what can councils and urban planners do to ensure city spaces are adaptable enough to meet the needs of large scale annual or one-off events and the people and pockets they bring?

19 Nov 2016

Social intelligence will fulfil the smart city vision

By Marcus LaForgia

Think smart cities and it conjures up visions of futuristic urban utopias driven by meticulous design, state-of-the-art infrastructure and underpinned by modern principles of sustainability. Sound like fantasy? For the world’s first greenfields smart city – Songdo in South Korea – it’s a vision not far from reality.