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

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Design quality is a key urban policy goal in global cities worldwide, and the Sydney experience fits this trend. From the turn of the century, the City of Sydney Council has employed a unique “Design Excellence” policy setting which, amongst other things, mandates competitive design...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Governments and cities around Australia and indeed the world have recognised the need to shift toward more inclusive decision making processes, particularly when dealing with issues of the public realm. Despite some significant efforts in this space, including in the creation of urban living laboratories,...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The construction of ‘Global Cities’ have become contemporary grand projects with a shift from cities to agglomerations of city-regions increasingly prioritised in strategic plans. This has been necessitated by an increasing emphasis on mobilities through network structures of nodes and flows, and has been adopted...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Tram patronage in Melbourne has risen to over 200 million passengers annually, its highest since the peaks of the 1950s. Trams in Melbourne continue to be among the world’s slowest due to traffic congestion, with many routes operating at or above capacity in peak periods....

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Although the service hub concept is most commonly associated with deprived areas of the North American inner city, similar clusters of facilities can also be found in other contexts. In this paper, we conceptualise urban campgrounds in Auckland, New Zealand as small-scale service hubs for...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Ongoing economic restructuring has produced many declining rust belt cities and regions. While governments and communities have acted to ease the impacts, most actions have not been effective. Politically the reaction to ongoing high levels of unemployment are now registering across the Western world and...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

In the global push to lowering our carbon emissions by transitioning to renewable energy production and improving energy efficiency epitomised in the Paris Agreement in 2015, the importance of housing tenure to the adoption of low carbon living, particularly for those on lower incomes, is...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Australia’s cities face significant social, economic and environmental challenges, driven by population growth and rapid urbanisation. The pressure to increase the availability of housing, including a move to a more compact urban form, will lead to greater levels of high-density and medium-density stock. This research...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

As the world’s population is becoming more urbanised, there is growing recognition of greenspaces as a promising planning tool in tackling problems associated with urbanisation. An increasing body of research highlights the physiological, environmental and social benefits of urban greenspaces for urbanites. So far, however,...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Over the past two decades, Australian planning policies have supported largely unregulated land speculation and gentrification in relatively well served inner and middle suburbs, leading to displacement of low and moderate income households and growing spatial inequalities. The current Victorian state government signalled a new...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Ample research has been conducted investigating the built environment (BE) impacts on pedestrian movement (PM). A clear division is evident in the literature on BE-PM links: one group tends to use geographic measures (metric distance) of the environment to explain pedestrian behaviour; the other group...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

As a relatively new field of research, urban planning is often perceived as neither a traditional academic discipline nor a “major profession” (Schon 1983). From Taylor and Hurley’s (2015) discouraging observation that “not many people read the stuff” to Randolph’s (2013) perhaps hyperbolic suggestion that...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

With over half a million people, the Gold Coast is currently the sixth largest city in Australia and one of the most rapidly developing urban areas in the country. Unfortunately, it is also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and has been hard...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

HSR networks reflect the urban geographies, city-building cultures, and political and decentralization frameworks of their national context (Ureña et al., 2009). In Australia, HSR is typically conceptualized as an engineering or economic project but the European experience reveals its strong governance dimension. The paper examines...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

In countries throughout the developed world, large cities are growing while hinterland communities are shrinking. The unique challenges posed by population decline require unique solutions: as shrinking cities researchers have found, superimposing growth-oriented strategies onto shrinking communities is not effective in addressing the impacts of...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Digital mapping tools, and the “map mashups” they enable, may facilitate new and richer discourses about salient planning issues, particularly among stakeholders without specific expertise in geospatial technologies (Batty et al., 2010). In October 2016, the authors hosted a day-long workshop for transport and land...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Public security and anti-terror urban design is increasing in Australian cities as governments respond to continued extremist attacks worldwide. However, controlling safety measures are driven by security agencies and police, rather than urban design professionals. Oftentimes, such outcomes prove detrimental to urban amenity, sacrificing quality...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Transit oriented planning for Activity Centres and Corridors in Australian cities envisions main thoroughfares which not only allow for vehicular movement but support a diverse range of human activities, not dissimilar from a traditional high street atmosphere. Typically the arrangement of these environments is dominated...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

As cities are recognised as hotspots for biodiversity, urban greening interventions are becoming more important. Such initiatives are promoted as having multiple benefits for nonhumans and humans alike, infused with narratives of climate change adaptation and positive health outcomes. Yet little research has critically examined...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

This paper discussed urban specific wind patterns and their influence on urban liveability in Adelaide CBD. Comfortable wind speed may vary between 1m/s and 5m/s (maximum 3-seconds higher gust in 80% of the time). However, the effect of wind speed on outdoor thermal comfort may...