INSPIRATIONS

BENDIGO IS A CITY THAT IS THINKING ABOUT ITS FUTURE

BENDIGO IS A CITY THAT IS THINKING ABOUT ITS FUTURE Bendigo is right in the middle of working up an integrated transport and land use strategy. Now is a great time to ask what should future Bendigo look like? As part of Bendigo’s engagement program for the development...

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KEEPING THE POWER ON IN NEW YORK

KEEPING THE POWER ON IN NEW YORK Our linear infrastructure systems struggle in a crisis like Hurricane Sandy. So people take matters into their own hands and generate their own power. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I contacted some friends of mine who live just...

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EVACUATION AND HURRICANE SANDY

EVACUATION AND HURRICANE SANDY Why is evacuation such a tough decision when our homes are threatened? It's not just that warnings happen all the time, but that our home is our castle. A discussion emerged on my recent post about the problems caused by people not...

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TREES AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE

TREES AND QUALITY OF LIFE Trees and the urban forest are a critical part of a city system and one increasingly important in combatting urban heat island effects and climate change. I had lunch last month under a massively spreading plane tree. The dappled shade...

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URBAN FOOD MOVEMENT IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT

URBAN FOOD MOVEMENT IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT The trend to urban food production is manifested in various ways. What are the behavioural, policy and operational implications of this movement? We are having great fun just now growing our own herbs. We do quite a lot of...

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WELLNESS OR ILLNESS: POLICY POTENTIAL OR FAILURE

WELLNESS OR ILLNESS: POLICY POTENTIAL OR FAILURE Should we aim to get rid of illness or to create conditions that support wellness? These two policy positions point to completely different outcomes. As someone who grew up in Australia but who spent five years living...

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WHY SANTORINI IS HERE TO STAY

WHY SANTORINI IS HERE TO STAY Santorini has a long history of reinventing itself and it promises to be adept at reinventing itself again to blend its traditions with tourism. I recently vacationed in Santorini, a volcanic island about 200km south of Athens. I keep...

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THREE IDEAS ABOUT CITIES

THREE IDEAS ABOUT CITIES Three ideas about cities: focus on what's important; embrace constant change; think about generating rather than simply sustaining. Three ideas about Cities I believe that the way we use our cities needs to change if they are to flourish into...

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URBAN TRANSFORMATION AND EVOLUTION

URBAN TRANSFORMATION AND EVOLUTION What action might we take to point our cities in the direction of helpful change and evolution? How might we achieve urban transformation? Given the challenges cities face, how do we drive the urban transformation they need? Urban...

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STRATEGIC DESIGN PANACEA OR WASTE OF TIME

STRATEGIC DESIGN PANACEA OR WASTE OF TIME? Strategic design asks "why" rather than "what" and is something that should happen before you put pen to paper. But it's not that simple. I have been involved in several projects over recent times that have been focussed on...

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INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT What would urban development that built on the idea of industrial ecology look like? Might this be an alternative to conventional residential development? As part of my work with EAgri we spent quite some time working with...

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TOTAL ARCHITECTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY CITY

TOTAL ARCHITECTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY CITY The city can be the most sustainable model for human habitation, but how do we get there? A total architecture approach will help. The most sustainable model for human habitation, in every sense, is the city. But how can we...

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THE HEALTH AGENDA AND CITIES IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE

THE HEALTH AGENDA AND CITIES IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE We think of the health agenda as a matter of illness that needs to be attended to. But what if we were to think of wellness as something to be nurtured? Our cities are essentially unhealthy places to live,...

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