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    Drawing inspiration from imaginative planners past
    Drawing inspiration from imaginative planners past

    There have been many dreams for Melbourne since European occupation. Looking back at Melbourne’s planning history, we might be able to find some inspiration to deal with rapid growth by thinking outside the box.


    Rediscovered: the Aboriginal names for ten Melbourne suburbs
    Rediscovered: the Aboriginal names for ten Melbourne suburbs

    Ten previously forgotten Aboriginal names for 19th century sites and suburbs of Melbourne have been recently unearthed at the Melbourne Museum. These include the names for Fitzroy (Ngár-go), Richmond (Quo-yung), Collingwood (Yálla-birr-ang) and Brunswick (Bulleke-bek).


    Designing for diversity needs to be celebrated and nurtured
    Designing for diversity needs to be celebrated and nurtured

    Practitioners across all industries and disciplines are gradually recognising that difference is not something to be squashed or smoothed out, but rather it is something to be celebrated.


    Can architecture predict the 2018 World Cup winner?
    Can architecture predict the 2018 World Cup winner?

    So by the time everyone in Australia gets to work on the morning of Monday, July 16, we’ll know who is the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But is there a way of predicting the winner beforehand?


    Driverless cars really do have health and safety benefits, if only people knew
    Driverless cars really do have health and safety benefits, if only people knew

    Driverless cars promise many benefits, including an improvement in safety, but new research shows many people are still not aware of this.


    Gradual reform to capital gains, negative gearing and stamp duty will make housing more affordable
    Gradual reform to capital gains, negative gearing and stamp duty will make housing more affordable

    Reform to capital gains and negative gearing, alongside a shift to property taxes instead of stamp duty, would improve affordability while increasing government revenue.


    Higher energy prices are here to stay – here's what we can do about it
    Higher energy prices are here to stay – here's what we can do about it

    Politicians need to tell consumers a harsh truth: high electricity prices, well above A$50 per MWh, are here to stay.


    Look up #happycity and here's what you'll find
    Look up #happycity and here's what you'll find

    City planners and designers want to build cities that are liveable, healthy and smart. Yet, in the abundance of research and guidelines on how to make healthy cities, happiness seems to be missing.


    Smart city planning can preserve old trees and the wildlife that needs them
    Smart city planning can preserve old trees and the wildlife that needs them

    Old eucalypts were once revered as an icon of the unique Australian landscape, but they’re rapidly becoming collateral damage from population growth.


    Are super-slim towers the answer for more floor space in Melbourne’s CBD?
    Are super-slim towers the answer for more floor space in Melbourne’s CBD?

    In a recent article by Bates Smart, according to Plan Melbourne, the population is likely to hit 10 million by 2051, thus the need for 1.5 million jobs to accommodate the changing workforce.


    Share bikes don't get cars off the road, but they have other benefits
    Share bikes don't get cars off the road, but they have other benefits

    Research shows only a minority of share-bike users switch over from cars. So who, then, is likely to use share bikes and for what purposes?


    To appreciate its power, think of design as a drug
    To appreciate its power, think of design as a drug

    Just like a drug, design can have good and bad effects. However, instead of chemicals, design manipulates space to change behaviour.


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