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10 Aug 2018

Here we grow

Earlier this month, the population of Australia hit the 25 million mark, with the number of migrants outpacing the number of births at a rate of almost two to one - a figure reminiscent of gold-rush days…

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06 Aug 2018

The notion of nodes

By Chris Maher, Jason Preston and David McCarroll

What is a city node? What are its benefits? And what is its place in the Australian urban environment?

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06 Aug 2018

From little things, great things grow: Shaping the future of Adelaide

By Andrew Russell, Principal Urban Designer

Adelaide has great bones. Its founding fathers planned a city which not only looks beautiful, but is highly functional and extremely liveable, but we need to be bold and seize the opportunity to create an even more vibrant and innovative place to live that is proudly local and yet globally connected…

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06 Aug 2018

Space consumption

By Chris Maher

Hames Sharley’s National leader of the Urban Development portfolio, Chris Maher, discusses the societal pressures of vanity-driven space wastage and how millennials are here to save the day.

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06 Aug 2018

Reach for the sky

Some of Western Australia’s key thinkers and influencers recently tackled the subject of urban sprawl in the book Drawing The Line – Deliberations on Density, released through Urban Design Forum WA.

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26 Jul 2018

Architecture; art vs science

In August each year, the nation celebrates Science Week. It’s a government initiative to fuel society’s interest and understanding of importance in the subject.

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20 Jul 2018

Holo… is it you we’re looking for?

By Harold Perks

Will touchable holograms signal the next evolution in retail? Virtual reality and augmented reality have limitless applications. They are common knowledge these days and commonly used. But what if you could showcase your product in a manner different from both of these methods – one that has not been seen before?

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17 Jul 2018

6 ways biophilia can improve economic prosperity

By Darren Bilsborough

Based on his paper titled The Biophilic City: Can it Improve Economic Prosperity, here, Darren Bilsborough summarises his paper into six key areas: biodiversity, climate change, urban farming, cooler cities, bio-sequestration and health and productivity.

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17 Jul 2018

Measuring the value of biophilia

By Hayley Edwards

An increasing importance of investing in people has resulted in a reawakening of the philosophy of biophilia and the importance of biophilic design.

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17 Jul 2018

Urban innovations for closing the fiscal gap

By Darren Bilsborough

Director of Hames Sharley, Darren Bilsborough explores biophilic urbanism as a way of increasing quality of life without increasing tax.

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10 Jul 2018

Part Three: Incentivising and Controlling Population Growth

By Caillin Howard, Yaara Plaves and Tim Boekhoorn

The population debate is one of equal opportunity. While some Australian states and cities boom and expand rapidly, others progress at a slower rate or even decline. So, do our policymakers and society as a whole need to look carefully at putting measures in place to evenly distribute the population across the country?

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10 Jul 2018

Part Two: Shifts in Population Growth

By Caillin Howard, Yaara Plaves and Tim Boekhoorn

Alarmingly, by 2022, Australians who have reached retirement age are predicted to outnumber children. There is also a current population shift of people from all around Australia moving to Melbourne and Sydney, leaving other cities to dwindle. What do these trends mean for our future?

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10 Jul 2018

Part One: Transparency in Population Growth Data

By Caillin Howard, Yaara Plaves and Tim Boekhoorn

Information and data relating to population growth do exist, but perhaps it is not as widely distributed or as fully understood as it could be. Here we discuss how increased transparency could make a difference.

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10 Jul 2018

Celebrating NAIDOC Week through design

NAIDOC Week is a week for Australia to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, it runs from the 9th to the 15th of July and can be observed through a number of activities and events across the country.

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19 Jun 2018

Google to run the waterfront of Toronto

By Chris Maher

Sidewalk Labs will help transform Toronto into a smart city, using sensors to monitor a variety of interactions in order to collect data that will create efficiencies for the city.