Accelerating cities in Australia, New Zealand

I recently visited Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney recently, speaking in various venues about globalization, emerging technology, and their impacts on cities, including a presentation at the Adelaide ‘Open State’ festival. From traditional North American/European perspectives, both Australia and New Zealand are the ‘end of the line’. Auckland is 12 hours ahead of London – […]

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Turning a city into a campus for innovation

What do Google, Apple and Facebook have in common, apart from being three of the world’s biggest and most valuable companies? They’ve all created campuses for their employees. The idea is quite simple: create an environment where employees are encouraged to flourish (and hang around beyond the typical ‘nine to five’), and keep them engaged, […]

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No cars in the city center, or something more?

There has been discussion recently regarding the removal, or restriction, of cars from Australia’s central business districts (CBDs), in particular Melbourne’s. The first question I ask is why? What is the desired outcome? Is the intention to reduce vehicular congestions in the city, reduce pollution, improve public amenity, or all of the above? Rebalancing the […]

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Olympic legacies: #melbourne2024?

For one month every four years, the world is utterly enthralled by sport. The BBC reports that its coverage of the 2012 London Games was watched by 90 percent of the UK population, delivering what has been described as the ‘largest TV audiences since the pre-digital age’ – and that’s just the home nation! Global figures […]

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The renaissance of timber structures

Image courtesy of Marks and Spencer. Timber structures are undergoing a renaissance worldwide and look poised to make an impact in Australia. Recently completed buildings like Forte in Melbourne – the tallest timber apartment building the world – and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand are showcasing new technologies and the way […]

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Vertical schools

Do you remember the days of the old school yard? Wide open quadrangles, modest, single-storey buildings, tuckshops offering the sort of fare that wouldn’t pass the sensors of today’s nutritiously-conscious parents? Times certainly have changed, not just in terms of what students are learning and eating, but the environments where they’re learning. Increasingly, the design […]

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Mixed use can be a mixed bag

Photo by Dixi Carrillo The Australian Bureau of Statistics forecasts that the populations of Sydney and Melbourne will grow to 7.8 million each by 2052, a respective increase of 66 percent and 86 percent over a 40 year period. Such rapid growth prompts some obvious questions, the answers to which are less obvious: Where and […]

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Livable infrastructure

Fourth Ward Park, Atlanta. The world’s cities are already home to the majority of the global population, with this forecast to grow by a further 3 billion people by 2050. The infrastructure needed to support this growth is often underfunded or falls short of what it could deliver to urban communities. Cities have long planned […]

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Cycle toward the Law of Attraction

Photo: Copyright AECOM by David Lloyd. I gave my best friend, Sarah, the book The Power for Christmas. Yesterday she emailed me saying that “if it only does one thing – to make me grateful with my lot – then that’s enough for me.” If you’ve read The Power, you know it says that “like attracts like” […]

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