Talking Architecture & Design Podcast (Episode 52) - Koichi Takada talks about sustainable design and how COVID-19 has forever changed how we work ... Listen Now
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    Why public housing is stigmatised and how we can fix it
    Why public housing is stigmatised and how we can fix it

    Social and public housing is intensely stigmatised in Australia and has been for several decades. Estates in particular are often labelled “ghettos”, framed as places of danger, drugs and vice.


    The port of Beirut: vital, historic centre of a complex city
    The port of Beirut: vital, historic centre of a complex city

    The centre of Beirut has suffered devastation following an explosion which has destroyed the port, caused massive damage to the Lebanese capital and resulted in numerous deaths.


    Our states are crying poor. They wouldn't if they charged for rezoning like the ACT
    Our states are crying poor. They wouldn't if they charged for rezoning like the ACT

    Throughout Australia, when land is rezoned from industrial to high-rise residential, a charge is levied to help fund the required infrastructure.


    Why coronavirus will deepen the inequality of our suburbs
    Why coronavirus will deepen the inequality of our suburbs

    COVID-19 and the growing recession concentrated in the services sector will not just increase social inequality, but accelerate the growing spatial divide in our cities. As our new research report shows, the pandemic’s impacts reinforce the ongoing trend towards the suburbanisation of inequality.


    Unwelcome sea change: new research finds coastal flooding may cost up to 20% of global economy by 2100
    Unwelcome sea change: new research finds coastal flooding may cost up to 20% of global economy by 2100

    Over the past two weeks, storms pummelling the New South Wales coast have left beachfront homes at Wamberal on the verge of collapse. It’s stark proof of the risks climate change and sea level rise pose to coastal areas.


    Why NSW is skewing its tax system toward build-to-rent apartments and away from mum and pop landlords
    Why NSW is skewing its tax system toward build-to-rent apartments and away from mum and pop landlords

    In an apparent about face, the NSW government has halved land tax for developers of build-to-rent housing.


    Social housing, aged care and minorities: how coronavirus affects already disadvantaged groups
    Social housing, aged care and minorities: how coronavirus affects already disadvantaged groups

    While it’s true anyone is at risk of catching and becoming ill with COVID-19, it’s becoming increasingly clear this virus discriminates.


    Unused buildings will make good housing in the world of COVID-19
    Unused buildings will make good housing in the world of COVID-19

    We are entering an era of profound change in how we work, learn, socialise and live with COVID-19. Many people will adjust to this new world order and work remotely at home if they don’t have to attend an office or other workplace.


    HomeBuilder only makes sense as a nod to Morrison's home-owning voter base
    HomeBuilder only makes sense as a nod to Morrison's home-owning voter base

    HomeBuilder grants of A$25,000 are being offered to build or renovate a home as part of the Australian government’s emergency economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.


    Cycling and walking can help drive Australia's recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets
    Cycling and walking can help drive Australia's recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets

    What do bike paths and walk-friendly streets have to do with economic recovery from a pandemic-induced recession?


    Sunshine Coast shows the way to create good design loved by communities and put an end to eyesores
    Sunshine Coast shows the way to create good design loved by communities and put an end to eyesores

    Our collective retreat to the safety of our homes during the COVID-19 lockdown has provoked an awakening to the value of local areas for work, play and connecting.


    Cars rule as coronavirus shakes up travel trends in our cities
    Cars rule as coronavirus shakes up travel trends in our cities

    As with other parts of the global economy, COVID-19 has led to rapid changes in transport trends. The chart below shows overall trends for driving, walking and public transport for Australia as of July 17.


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