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    A tale of 2 rivers: is it safer to swim in the Yarra in Victoria, or the Nepean in NSW?
    A tale of 2 rivers: is it safer to swim in the Yarra in Victoria, or the Nepean in NSW?

    Cooling off with a swim in the river is a popular summer pastime in Australia, particularly for people who live a long distance from the beach.


    Been to Dubai lately? It's a city where top-down placemaking serves its political masters
    Been to Dubai lately? It's a city where top-down placemaking serves its political masters

    Dubai became known for its gargantuan architectural gymnastics and mega shopping malls earlier this century. Today it is increasingly being recognised for its manufactured urban precincts, and large-scale events and festivals. Behind this shift has been an approach to urban development that prioritises the visitor’s experience.


    Darwin's 'smart city' project is about surveillance and control
    Darwin's 'smart city' project is about surveillance and control

    Darwin City Council installed a network of hundreds of new devices across the centre of the city last year. This web of “smart” lights, environmental sensors and video cameras is designed to give the council more power to monitor and manage urban places – and the people who occupy them.


    Smart city or not? Now you can see how yours compares
    Smart city or not? Now you can see how yours compares

    The highest-ranked areas in an Australia-wide assessment of smart city performance are all in metropolitan regions with higher population densities. “Australia’s 60 top-performing local government areas house more than quarter of the nation’s population,” we note in the newly released Smart Cities Down Under report.


    The old road rules no longer apply: how e-scooters challenge outdated assumptions
    The old road rules no longer apply: how e-scooters challenge outdated assumptions

    Many people want changes to the law to deal with the increased use of e-scooters in Australia. In general, the debate appears to be concerned mainly with safety and the different rates at which things move.


    Housing crisis? What crisis? How politicians talk about housing and why it matters
    Housing crisis? What crisis? How politicians talk about housing and why it matters

    Politicians in many countries around the world claim to be experiencing a “housing crisis”. But how do they define it, who is affected, and what is the cause?


    As cities grow, the Internet of Things can help us get on top of the waste crisis
    As cities grow, the Internet of Things can help us get on top of the waste crisis

    The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used to develop smarter and more effective ways of managing and reducing waste.


    After 40 years of Australian-Chinese sister cities, how are they faring?
    After 40 years of Australian-Chinese sister cities, how are they faring?

    Sister cities aim to cultivate mutual understanding, international goodwill and peace. So how are Australian-Chinese sister cities faring as national-level tensions rise?


    Building standards give us false hope. There's no such thing as a fireproof house
    Building standards give us false hope. There's no such thing as a fireproof house

    Bushfires have killed 33 people and destroyed nearly 3,000 houses across Australia so far this fire season. Canberra is under threat right now.


    Rebuilding from the ashes of disaster: this is what Australia can learn from India
    Rebuilding from the ashes of disaster: this is what Australia can learn from India

    A key question facing us all after Australia’s unprecedented bushfires is how will we do reconstruction differently?


    'I need nature, I need space': high-rise families rely on child-friendly neighbourhoods
    'I need nature, I need space': high-rise families rely on child-friendly neighbourhoods

    Children’s living environments in Australian capital cities have changed significantly in the past ten years. This is particularly the case for the growing numbers of families raising children in private, inner-city, high-rise housing.


    Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here's how Australian owners could cash in
    Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here's how Australian owners could cash in

    Everybody wants an energy-efficient home. After all, an energy-efficient home is comfortable to live in, without large energy bills. These can be important factors for prospective home owners or renters. Our review of international research found energy-efficient homes typically fetch a higher price.


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