Planning Around the World

By Planning Institute of Australia | A collection of articles on regional & urban planning issues around the globe

Story of cities #50: the reclaimed stream bringing life to the heart of Seoul

When the Cheonggyecheon Stream replaced a traffic-filled stretch of elevated freeway with public space, water and vegetation it looked like a modern urbanist’s dream. The reality is more complicated, finds Colin Marshall<p>Read more articles in the series here<p>In September 2005, the new Cheonggyecheon …

Urban Design

Here's how Google's Footpath spinoff plans to turn your city into Tomorrowland

LinkNYCOne of the hubs powered by Intersection<p>Last June, Google spun-out a new company called Footpath Labs aimed at finding new ways to improve …

Rethinking the Administrative and Political Organization of Urban Outskirts

<i>By Adèle Charbonneau</i><p>Urban agglomeration is an inevitable consequence of explosive growth in cities. Indeed, the expansion of cities and their outskirts has created a situation where administrative boundaries are inadequate in regards to the geographic distribution of communities, resources, and …

How co-housing could make homes cheaper and greener

Intergenerational home: the residents (particularly children and dogs!) move through the gaps in the dividing garden wall Katherine LuHousing …

Housing

Australians love tiny houses, so why aren't more of us living in them?

The tiny house movement originated in the US in the late 1990s. Bill Dickinson/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAHousing affordability is a perennial problem in …

Housing

How the world's population is changing in 7 maps and charts

By 2100, nearly 11 billion people will live on this planet. Click on our interactive map using UN data to find out more about how the world's population is changing<p><b>Tap here if you are viewing this article in a Telegraph app.</b><p>Since 1989, the UN has celebrated World Population Day on July 11 in the …

Infographic: the 5 coolest solar buildings on Earth

From the United States, to Japan and even India - renewable energy engineers and architects from around the world have built some of the most …

Medellín’s “City for Life” Motto Translates Into Equitable Public Space Design

“The most innovative city in the world.” “A city for life.”<p>This is how promotional materials refer to Medellín — a place that once had the highest …

Well Done Vancouver! Well Done Planners!

Much of my life's work is based on the optimistic assumptions that people are basically intelligent and so will respond favorably to good planning …

Do more roads really mean less congestion for commuters?

Congestion is a major source of frustration for road users and has worsened over time in most cities. Different solutions have been proposed, such as …

Urban Design

'Not a lot of people read the stuff': how planning defies good theory

Research into the way cities do – or do not – work can make a critical contribution to urban policy and practice. Yet our recent research finds that …

Research

Experts discuss Melbourne's future planning needs

Local and international urban planning experts in Melbourne for a conference have had their say on the city's future planning needs.

Cities

Cultural rejuvenation in a post industrial age

Hull in Yorkshire, northern England, was for many years known for its fishing fleet and other industry rather than its culture, but in 2017 it will …

What Makes a City Great? It's not the Liveability but the Loveability

<b>By</b> Irene Pedruelo, Ethan Kent | April 22, 2015<p><i>This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.</i><p>There is a lack of consideration for "place" in …

UK's "first eco-town" built green from the ground up

An eco-town described as the UK's "most sustainable development" is moving closer to being occupied. The first residents are expected to move into …

World city panoramas transformed into 360-degree globes – in pictures

The stereographic projection technique was used to convert aerial panoramas of cities including Paris, Sydney, Shanghai and Chicago into mini-globes

Can't Make Rent? This Beautiful Squatter's Home Can Be Built On A Vacant Lot In A Day

An Amsterdam real estate developer wants young people to occupy affordable, moveable homes on properties where building is stalled—and move when construction gets started again.<p>In Amsterdam, like many cities, it's hard to find an affordable place to live, especially for recent college graduates who …

Vietnam rolls out City Development Strategies – UN-Habitat

<b>HA NOI, 14 January 2015 —</b> Tam Ky and Quy Nhon will be the first cities included in the Viet Nam City Development Strategies Project (CDS), officials …

Planning matters for the future of Palestine, international experts declare – UN-Habitat

Susya, one of the four visited Palestinian communities in the south of Israeli controlled Area C of the West Bank, facing multiple home demolitions, …

West Bank

Public Space and Data Exploration and Analysis

Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. More pointedly, it attracts …

ReZoning Los Angeles: Can We Legalize a Walkable City?

<b>By Mark Vallianatos.</b><p>Do you ever wonder why different neighborhoods and streets in Los Angeles look the way they do—and why some places seem to be …

Duly Noded: Futuristic Masterplans for Sustainable Cities in the Middle East

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Sustainability

World First Zero Carbon City Built By Oil Nation

In 2008, Masdar Clean Energy embarked on their journey to create the world’s most sustainable city.<p><b>Masdar City</b>, is integrating smart transportation …

The Netherlands’ new solar bike lane totally rules

As if the Netherlands wasn’t cool enough already, the Dutch had to go and build a cycling lane made entirely out of solar cells. That’s right, a path …

Environmentalism

Children, Participation and City Planning

<i>Children at an assembly on sustainable development in cities use photography to get their messages across.</i><p>The day is fast coming when the majority of …