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RESEARCH | Planning, phronesis & practice

November 5, 2012


The Urban Matters website is promoting an event due to occur later this month at the Vienna University of Technology. The event, Planning Unplanned, explores the “New Role of the Urban Practitioner”. This inquiry intersects neatly with my own as all my projects – Placing, Changescaping, Enabling Suburbs and Fieldworking – are grounded by different […]

NEWS | From your place to poor place

August 14, 2012


Picking over this morning’s influx of newsletters, social media feeds and the like, our urban environments seem to be making headlines. In Brisbane, the Council has announced a plan to improve pedestrian experience and public space as well as linkages in the city’s bikeways. In the USA, there are more headlines about sprawl with particular […]

QUOTE | Practice, an art becoming

December 28, 2011


In an interview with artist and spacemaker Ava Bromberg, in There Goes The Neighbourhood, she talks about her approach to practice, she says: “On the level of daily experience I think of art as what expands the horizon of what people conceive to be possible … I think art, all of a sudden, is needed […]

EXTRACT | Suburbs are the front line

December 6, 2011


Despite my best intentions, I didn’t engage with Lifeboat Cities by Brendan Gleeson when it was released in 2010. Some of the ideas about suburbs expressed in Heartlands are carried through this work. In an article published on The Fifth Estate, he discusses Lifeboat Cities and its address of the challenges facing cities with consideration […]

NEWS | Making a mess

December 1, 2011


This week’s local newspaper carries a front page story about a proposed redevelopment of a sporting facility in a nearby suburb, Deagon. Interestingly, the local press is championing ‘community interests’ in these suburban conflicts about development. Perhaps unintentionally, this highlights the failures of governance and consultation. Local news doesn’t always attacted deeper analysis and the […]

IDEAS | Entropy, Excess, Negentropy

November 6, 2011


In some reading about entropic urbanism, I’ve encountered again the work of Peter Sloterdijk, a German philosopher and author of sphere theory which offers a form of spatial interpretation. There’s something here I might need to pay attention to and extrapolate together with an earlier interest in negentropy in relation to urban environments. Jean Attali […]

SYMPOSIUM | Healthy, sustainable suburbs

September 22, 2011


Earlier this week, I attended an AHURI symposium on the the topic of ‘Healthy, Sustainable Suburbs’ which presented new research on issues of housing, greyfield redevelopment, health and household behaviour. I could only stay for the first presentation by Professor Peter Newton, who presented research exploring a new development model for housing regeneration in greyfield […]