News & Views

10
Jun
To CBD or not to CBD? COVID’s question for the future of Melbourne
Behind the daily discussion of lockdowns, vaccines and quarantine, the pandemic has sparked a quiet but intense battle over the future of Melbourne. The central city has been hammered, with closed borders, home-working, online shopping and a wariness of public transport, robbing it of the people that made it the 0 Comments
31
May
11 ways cities will change from Covid-19
The last 12 months have been a time of great disruption for our cities  While some places can operate as close to ‘normal’ as possible, the majority of cities continue to struggle with the devastating consequences of an unparalleled public health emergency. Loss of life. Industries shut down. Housing crisis. 0 Comments
25
May
Urbnsurf plans suburban Sydney surf park
Urbnsurf has lodged long-awaited plans for a second wave pool and surf park, this time in Sydney. The project, which qualifies as a State Significant Development (SSD), will cost between $40 million and $60 million and will be built atop a 37,000sq m car park just north of Sydney Olympic 0 Comments
21
May
Truth about SEQ growth plan: Vision aplenty but no money to achieve it
South-east Queensland’s civic and business leaders are increasingly vocal in their criticism of the major blueprint meant to guide the region’s growth over the next 20 years, saying it is worthless without firm commitments to build the roads, railways and other infrastructure needed to make it a reality. Ipswich Mayor 0 Comments
14
May
America’s Post-Pandemic Geography
Even as vaccination increases across the United States and an end to the tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic seems in sight, the economic, fiscal, political, and geographic fallout from the virus cannot be overstated: a massive public health crisis that left more than half a million Americans dead, an economic 0 Comments
14
May
The Geography of COVID-19
The ongoing pandemic is reshaping the geography of our planet, helping some areas and hurting others. In the West, the clear winners have been the sprawling suburbs and exurbs, while dense cores have been dealt a powerful blow. The pandemic also has accelerated class differences and inequality, with poor and 0 Comments
16
Apr
Lessons from a changing suburbia
Blaine Brownell reviews “Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia,” the latest book by June Williamson and Ellen Dunham-Jones. March 2021 article in The Journal of the American Institute of Architects 0 Comments
16
Apr
Will suburbia save the mall?
It’s not clear how many people are leaving cities due to the pandemic. Or how much it helps the once-popular shopping destination if they do. Full story here 0 Comments
16
Apr
Revenge of the Suburbs: Suburbia was never as bad as anyone said it was. Now it’s looking even better
American life has been suburban for a century, and it’s a mistake to see suburbia as an historical aberration waiting to collapse. Thoughtful article in The Atlantic magzine from IAN BOGOST – a contributing writer at The Atlantic and the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies at the 0 Comments
16
Apr
Fleeing the city: Here’s what new homeowners are looking for in suburbia
Kristina and Grayson Dove enjoyed all the city life San Francisco had to offer from their two-bedroom condo in a high-rise residential tower downtown. Great restaurants, nightlife, theater, music and arts events lay just outside their door. Kristina’s office was an easy BART stop away. Then came March of 2020. The 0 Comments