Urban Policy & Practice

This collection includes resources related to cities and towns, public infrastructure, planning, transportation and more. This collection was established by the Henry Halloran Trust and significantly expanded as part of the APO Linked Data II Project supported by an Australian Research Council grant in 2016. The collection will be further developed as part of the APO Linked Semantic Platforms project supported by the ARC 2018 - 2019. 

Urban Policy & Practice

Guide

14 Aug 2018

This guide provides critical information on how to design, operate and maintain these green wall and façade systems to maximise their water treatment benefits to ultimately increase the sustainability and liveability of cities.

Green infrastructure or technologies, essentially, represent a set of engineered elements...

Conference proceedings

10 Aug 2018

The 2018 National Homelessness Conference, presenting the theme ‘Ending homelessness together’, delivered a wealth of evidence and information on ways to understand, reduce and alleviate homelessness. Over 800 delegates and more than 80 speakers participated across two very full days, exploring the underlying drivers of...

Research report

7 Aug 2018

This paper provides an overview of the evidence that Infrastructure Victoria will consider in developing its final advice to the Victorian government on the infrastructure requirements for highly automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.

Research report

2 Aug 2018

This study focused on the Australian private rental sector including formal rules (policies and regulation); organisations and structures; and informal rules (social norms and practices), and reviewed the sector in ten countries.

Article

1 Aug 2018

City Form Lab’s research examines the theory that denser city environments tend to generate higher levels of interaction between people, establishments, and institutions than sparser city environments. They argue that density increases opportunities for “both planned and chance encounters, allowing the users of an area...

Commentary

30 Jul 2018

California has the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.

The main...

Commentary

26 Jul 2018

A combination of people-centric urban design, progressive parental leave policies and heavily subsised childcare is making it easy for families to stay in Copenhagen, rather than head for the suburbs. It is in this context that Kids’ City Copenhagen was designed. Janie Green speaks with...

Blog post

26 Jul 2018

Civil engineers need a cohesive strategy to cope with the infrastructure demands likely to result from the surge in electric vehicle use within the next seven years, says Chris Evans of the Rolton Group.

The UK government’s commitment to ban solely petrol and diesel...

Guide

24 Jul 2018

The Infrastructure Decision-making Principles provide guidelines to drive greater transparency and accountability in infrastructure decision-making.

Strategy

24 Jul 2018

Resilient Sydney, is the first resilience strategy for metropolitan Sydney.

This strategy sets the direction we must take to strengthen our ability to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of increasing global uncertainty and local shocks and stresses. This strategy calls for business,...

Report

23 Jul 2018

This project examined drones from several contrasting and complementary perspectives - not just technology, but also policy, economics and societal impact.

Journal article

20 Jul 2018

A growing body of evidence suggests that contact with nature, often referred to as green or blue space (ie, vegetated areas or water bodies), is associated with multiple health benefits. Recent reviews identify various mechanisms that may underlie the observed associations. In addition to encouraging...

Research report

19 Jul 2018

This study investigated how low-income renters navigate the private rental sector (PRS) via three core pathways: the formal, informal and supported pathways. It provides practitioners and policy makers with an evidence base on changing practices and ways forward in shaping equitable PRS institutions.

Research report

18 Jul 2018

This report identifies the policy challenges that need to be addressed to strengthen Melbourne’s foodbowl and the opportunities that could be leveraged, focusing on three key policy issues: protecting farmland, strengthening the viability of farming and increasing water access.

Article

17 Jul 2018

Damian Madigan’s Established Manors speculation, a winning entry in the New South Wales Government’s Missing Middle Design Competition, employs the tropes of suburban alterations and additions in order to create four dwellings from two existing bungalows. This alternative model for densification has the potential to...

Strategy

17 Jul 2018

This report argues that Townsville has strong momentum towards achieving its vision of a future water sensitive city. However, strategic attention is needed to overcome the social and institutional barriers that could impede further on-ground progress.

Strategy

16 Jul 2018

This Vision and Transition Strategy defines a vision of a water sensitive future for Greater Sydney, NSW, and outlines the broad steps the city should take to enable a transition towards this future. It is the outcome of a project by the Cooperative Research Centre...

Journal article

12 Jul 2018

The world's population is increasingly urban with more than half the global population already living in cities. The urban population is particularly affected by increasing temperatures because of the urban heat island (UHI) effect. Increasing temperatures cause heat stress in people, even when not directly...

Commentary

11 Jul 2018

Technological developments will bring changes large and small to urban transport infrastructure over the coming decades, but the most widely felt impacts will be on the humble, low tech footpath. Read the full article on Foreground

Report

10 Jul 2018

The first National Infrastructure Assessment sets out the Commission’s plan of action for the country’s infrastructure over the next 10-30 years. Infrastructure can inspire confidence and growth. But long term projects require a long-term vision, lasting plans, and stable funding. The UK must take decisive...