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    It's time to exploit this once-in-a-lifetime construction boom
    It's time to exploit this once-in-a-lifetime construction boom

    The construction industry is experiencing an unprecedented level of approvals – which means an unprecedented level of opportunities for designers, architects and suppliers in 2018.


    This is how Sydney's transport system has gone off the rails
    This is how Sydney's transport system has gone off the rails

    The working year has not got off to a good start for Sydney trains and the New South Wales government. The rail network went into meltdown with chaos at many stations and trains delayed or cancelled. To add to this woe a 24-hour train driver strike (over pay increases) is planned for January 29, when most of the workforce will be back at work following the Australia Day holiday.


    Tech diplomacy: Cities drive a new era of digital policy and innovation
    Tech diplomacy: Cities drive a new era of digital policy and innovation

    Recent ambassadorial appointments signify not only the important socio-economic and political roles of technology, but also how diplomacy is evolving and adapting to the disruptive changes in our societies.


    Treasury memo misses the real impact of Labor's negative gearing policy
    Treasury memo misses the real impact of Labor's negative gearing policy

    Labor MPs might be rubbing their hands together with glee at a Treasury memo that shows the federal opposition’s negative gearing policy will have a “small” impact on the property market. But insights from behavioural public policy, as highlighted by the 2017 Economics Nobel laureate - Richard Thaler and his colleague Cass Sunstein, tell us that how people respond to this policy will be more about how the government frames it.


    We need to 'climate-proof' our sports stadiums
    We need to 'climate-proof' our sports stadiums

    For many Australians summer is synonymous with cricket and tennis. But as Australian summers become more prone to extreme heat conditions, sustainable and climate-adaptable stadium design has become a leading consideration for both sporting codes and governments.


    We can't afford to ignore indoor air quality – our lives depend on it
    We can't afford to ignore indoor air quality – our lives depend on it

    We often talk about healthy living and quality of life but have you considered the quality of the air you breathe? Most of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors, according to many surveys. Add up the time you spend at home, in the office and on transport, and you will see how close this figure is for yourself.


    Australia's coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but it's happened before
    Australia's coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but it's happened before

    With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100 we can learn much from archaeology about how people coped in the past with changes in sea level.


    When a country’s towns and villages face extinction
    When a country’s towns and villages face extinction

    It is predicted that 896 towns and villages across Japan will no longer be viable by 2040 (see map below or an interactive Japanese version here). A former minister for internal affairs, Hiroya Masuda, describes this as “local extinction”.


    New housing can be affordable and homely if builders learn lessons from the car industry – and IKEA
    New housing can be affordable and homely if builders learn lessons from the car industry – and IKEA

    For many people, the housing market is not a welcoming place. The rungs of the property ladder seem to get further and further out of reach. There are loud calls to build hundreds of thousands of new homes (and equally loud demands that they’re not built in anyone’s back yard). If there was ever a time to introduce mass-produced affordable housing, surely that time is now.


    Open plan offices CAN actually work, under certain conditions
    Open plan offices CAN actually work, under certain conditions

    You might be back in your open plan office after holidays, struggling to concentrate and pining for quiet time, but the bad rap open plan offices usually get is not always deserved.


    Supersized cities: Residents band together to push back against speculative development pressures
    Supersized cities: Residents band together to push back against speculative development pressures

    Across the world’s cities, the over-reliance on speculative, developer-led urban renewal models is clear. This imbalance is now challenging the liveability of our cities.


    Like it or loathe it, here's why Apple doesn't need a planning permit for its Fed Square store
    Like it or loathe it, here's why Apple doesn't need a planning permit for its Fed Square store

    Despite the prominent public role played by Melbourne’s Federation Square, Apple’s new “flagship store” to be built within it won’t even require a planning permit.


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