Free speech in Australia isn’t a thing, but it could be
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Free speech in Australia isn’t a thing, but it could be

Free speech is critical to urban planning research and practice, as this profession is predicated on the ability to conduct open public debate and participation. The article below originally appeared in The Conversation, 7 June 2019. “Because we are so saturated in American culture, very few Australians realise that free speech in this country isn’t … Continue reading

Dorina Pojani interviewed by Matters Journal on role of technology in the city
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Dorina Pojani interviewed by Matters Journal on role of technology in the city

Matters asked some experts to comment on the scientific accuracy of popular sci-fi narratives. Black Mirror, in particular, has turned casual prophesying of technological dystopia into a mainstream cultural phenomenon. But this ever-present sense of looming dystopia is not always based on a clear or detailed picture of our world. Matters asked a few experts … Continue reading

Musings on cities personified
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Musings on cities personified

Walter Benjamin said that cities are the baton of human imagination. They are probably humans’ ultimate works of art. Cities are also the sites where other forms of art take place and persevere. For instance, the most important museums and galleries are located in cities. Seen from the outside, in a panoramic view, the layout … Continue reading

Laurel Johnson interviewed by Channel 9 news on Live, Work, Play CityPulse indices
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Laurel Johnson interviewed by Channel 9 news on Live, Work, Play CityPulse indices

UQ|UP’s Laurel Johnson says the Live, Work, Play CityPulse indices are a broad though helpful way to compare the quality of life in key locations in the growing metro region of south east Queensland. Interviewed for Channel 9 news, Laurel said that the key to liveability is access via ‘high frequency, affordable public transport’ across … Continue reading

Musings on MAMILs
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Musings on MAMILs

This blog has stemmed out of curiosity. The seeds of this blog were sown when my supervisor Dr. Dorina Pojani posed a series of questions to inspire students to write a blog. The question that fueled my curiosity was “Have you been called a MAMIL?”. I had come across this term for the first time … Continue reading

Defending how Adelaide City is defined.
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Defending how Adelaide City is defined.

Adelaide is one of Australia’s foremost planned cities, and it is typified with a compelling parkland and grid system.  In the innermost part of the city lies the grid-iron layout, and five central parks: Light Square, Whitmore Square, Hurtle Square and Hindmarsh. The city also features a greater parklands system which surrounds the Central Business District on all sides. However, these were not the most impressive aspect of Adelaide’s planning, from my brief research. The city radiates outwards, with the densest buildings located centrally, and there is a gradual decrease in height and density as buildings approach the parklands. This is often referred to as Adelaide’s pyramid planning. Continue reading