Time to repeat the urban legacy of the Great Depression

Every day, residents of Sydney’s Inner West enjoy historic public spaces which were built during the Great Depression. Some of these places are discreet and hidden, others are teeming with life on any weekend. These places were funded to help generate work for Australians during the 1930s, at a time when the nation’s unemployment rate…

It’s time to ‘think small’ about our cities

Residents of cities across Australia are regularly urged to ‘think big’. It’s become commonplace for State and local governments, often supported by business and development lobby groups, to issue major strategic plans and projects which are based on the concept that bigger is better. A bigger population, supported by bigger, denser and more buildings and…

Why is Sydney enjoying the high life?

There was a time when high-rise buildings were the natural enemy of community activists. They were practically seen as the devil’s spawn – local character-destroying intruders which were the work of supposedly money-hungry developers. However, the recent statistics shows that, surprisingly, there may be some common ground when it comes to high-rise buildings between your average…