31 August 2011 – Residential communities developer Stockland is designing an index which will measure the “liveability” of the places it creates.
By Lindsay Bevege
23 August 2011 – A common theme in the London riots was that the young rioters felt no stake in the neighbourhood in which they lived and so had no compunction in trashing it.
29 August 2011 – Severe weather events as a result of climate change are already taking a huge toll on communities, including extreme stress, emotional injury and despair, leading to self harm and suicide at rates higher than the national average. “Unabated, a more hostile climate will spell a substantial rise in the incidence of […]
By Tina Perinotto
22 August 2011 – Two reports today confirmed what the smart money has been thinking for a while – houses are getting smaller, especially if the rise in apartments living are taken into consideration, and home owners are renovating rather than buying new.
23 August 2011 – Sustainability is the number one opportunity for the property industry over the next five years, according to the latest Construction Sentiment Monitor from Davis Langdon. In fact one of the biggest risk to the industry was the slow moving understanding of the imperatives of sustainable change, the report said.
16 August 2011 – What does a generation of failed leadership look like?
It depends where you’re looking from.
8 August 2011 – In The Long Emergency, James Kunstler forecasts a future of smaller cities, centred around traditionally important natural features such as ports, not airports, and localised food and services. One of his biggest challenges, though, is his prediction for tall buildings. “We’ll be painfully short of financial resources and fabricated materials—everything from […]
25 March 2011 – Favourites: Brendan Gleeson, former director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University, is one of the more challenging thinkers on Australia’s urban systems. On the eve of his departure for a three year secondment to the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in December last year, he addressed an Arup New […]
28 July 2011 – It is a great honour to be here at the Sydney University Law School this morning to release the exposure draft of the Gillard government’s Clean Energy Future legislation.
6 May 2011 – Special Report: Carbon tax or not we are moving inexorably towards a world where carbon emissions will be factored into goods and services. It’s either that or head lemming-like towards catastrophic warming of the planet.
By Tina Perinotto 15 July 2011 – The Queensland government yesterday announced it had finalised its “green door” policy to fast track sustainable development approvals in a move could become a template across the nation. Industry groups say it could help break down barriers from risk averse local authorities to ambitious sustainable outcomes. But while […]
7 July 2011 – What’s the view from your window? Do you like what you see? Do you want to change it? As the percentage of the world’s population living in cities continues to grow, the view for many can be bleak: cars, congestion, buildings, smog, are a common sight.
Tina Perinotto 10 July 2011 – The Greens stood up and took a bow. The solar industry said was it was on steroids. No matter which way you look at it, the climate change package announced on Sunday is huge and it’s historic. Most important it’s a chance to save ourselves. It’s also the stimulus […]
10 July 2011 – The federal government released its carbon price package, The Strong Growth, Low Pollution report released on Sunday. Following are key highlights: Cost modelling Modelling shows incomes and jobs will increase substantially while our country takes action to reduce the risks of dangerous climate change.
10 July 2011 –Address by Prime minister Julia Gillard, climate minister Greg Combet and treasurer Wayne Swan. First, the avalanche of science that tells us our climate is changing. The science is in. We know that our planet is warming. We know that that warming is changing our climate: causing sea levels to rise; meaning […]
10 July 2011 – Following are reactions to the carbon price package from the Green Building Council of Australia, Energy Efficiency Council, Climate Active Australia, Climate Institute, the Australian Conservation Foundation The Green Building Council of Australia’ chief executive, Romilly Madew said: The Green Building Council of Australia, welcomed the Australian Government’s carbon price scheme, […]
5 July 2011 – Highlights of the week: The federal government promises the carbon package by the weekend; the Green Building Council’s new paper on the carbon price says, yes, we support it but here’s a long list of where it will hurt and how, and why the industry needs complementary measures to ease the […]
4 July 2011 – Landcom has teamed with Clarendon Homes to create a sustainable display home range at The Ponds in Sydney’s north-west. It’s a move that’s small to start with, but ultimately designed to shift the market.
10 June 2011 –Australia is leading the world in the accelerating use of carbon and in carbon emissions and is currently about 44 or 45 per cent above the 1990 level, while Europe is moving in the opposite direction.
23 June 2011 – It is time to overhaul the way we plan cities so that social equity and community wellbeing, rather than economic growth, is the driving force behind planning decisions. That was a key message from speakers at Landcom’s DiverseCity conference, held in Sydney recently. Keynote speaker, sociologist Eva Cox, told delegates the […]
By Margaret Simons, From Inside Story, 21 June 2011 – When it rains Australia’s big cities break. The traffic banks up. The air thickens. The stormwater drains, built decades ago and hardly thought of since, cease to drain. The work–life balance skews towards a space and time that is neither public nor private, a kind […]
By Jane Jose 9 June 2011 – We are living in a time of back to the high street. It is more than 20 years since the mainstreet movement began and on 3 May the National Mainstreet conference in Adelaide had the fervour of a prayer meeting. Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood, elected last year as […]
By Lyn Drummond 17 May 2011 – Investa’s ARK development in North Sydney and GPT’s 530 Collins Street in Melbourne have won two new sustainability awards included in the Property Council of Australia’s annual Property Council of Australia/ Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards. Ark, now known as Coca-Cola Place, won the Baulderstone Award […]
By Elena Bondareva 13 May 2011 – In the spirit of keeping a healthy debate alive, two KNOWCHANGE* events were run (Melbourne, 10 March and Sydney, 16 March) to facilitate reflection on what GreenCities 2011 tells us about the state of the property industry. Even though its organisers would not doubt it, many of us […]
11 May 2011 – Budget 2011, Comment and responses: Yes there were modest amounts allocated to urban and regional development, education and hospitals and even some money to map sustainability goals, but hidden within those measures in the Federal Budget brought down last night was some alarming news for the environment. First and most high […]
By Gail Broadbent 3 May 2011 – Right now the only thing protecting us from higher petrol prices is the strong Australian dollar. Should the value of our dollar fall below its US counterpart we could be paying $2 a litre for fuel. The NRMA recently estimated that this could add as much as $2000 […]
19 April 2011 – The Australian Conservation Foundation and the University of Technology, Sydney today released a sustainability assessment of six Victorian seafood products. “Overfishing, bycatch and habitat damage mean commercial fishing can be bad news for oceans, but there is also good news about efforts the seafood industry is making to become sustainable,” ACF […]
30 March 2011 – China is doing far more on climate change than Australians might know – and so is Europe – according to federal climate change minister Greg Combet. Speaking at the close of the Australia-China ministerial dialogue on climate change today (Wednesday) between Mr Combet and China’s National Development and Reform Commission vice […]
24 March 2011 – We live in tumultuous times. Daily we are bombarded with news and images of disaster – floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, social unrest and impending nuclear catastrophe, all against a backdrop of a warming planet. Meanwhile in Australia we still can’t even get our minds around putting a price on carbon. It can […]
By Lynne Blundell 8 March 2011 – This was the year of the revamp for Green Cities. And the annual conference, jointly organised by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia, was much better for the makeover. With a new and improved format and a liberal sprinkling of controversy, the […]