Darebin Yarra Trail Link by VicRoads Urban Design Team and VicRoads Structural Design Team. Image by Emma Cross
Darebin Yarra Trail Link by VicRoads Urban Design Team and VicRoads Structural Design Team. Image by Emma Cross
Writer Foreground
Imagery Various
Posted on September 6, 2018
Cities

The Foreground five: August’s most-read stories

From a feature exploring bike paths that soar through the landscape, to an examination of Australia's bumbling history of urban governance, Foreground's most popular reads in August.
Writer Foreground
Imagery Various
Posted on September 6, 2018

1. More bike paths like these, please

Darebin Yarra Trail Link by VicRoads Urban Design Team and VicRoads Structural Design Team. Image: Emma Cross

“Many government departments right across Australia have lost design capability. They’ve just become design reviewers. But VicRoads still has an ability to do this sort of stuff.” – Ann Morgan-Payler, VicRoads.

Two recent award-winning projects demonstrate the vital importance of bike paths and other active transport networks within our urban infrastructure matrix.

2. Is Australia facing a looming shortfall of landscape architects?

Sydney skyline - Australian cities need landscape architecture graduates, but they are in short supply in local labour markets.

International students now dramatically outnumber local students in landscape architecture programs around Australia.

With local graduate numbers in steep decline and a surge in demand for skilled landscape architects, it might be time for Australians to start worrying for the future of their parks and public spaces.

3. Do Australian cities need major governance reform?

Would cities benefit from more autonomous governance? Image by Beau Giles.

If the roads are not being constructed on time the Commonwealth blames the states for incompetence, the states blame the Commonwealth for lack of funding – and the local citizens are left confused and frustrated. Nobody really understands who is responsible for what. – Marcus Spiller

A new book published by CSIRO makes a case for a fourth layer of government at the metropolitan level, to promote more effective planning and economic strategies for Australian cities.

4. Stories of place: street design’s evocative potential

Paving inscriptions tell historic stories. Image: Dan Schultz, Sweet Lime Photo

“If it’s possible to build in place narrative and some form of storytelling, it means people will come back to get the next chapter of the story.” – Warwick Keates, Wax Design

As continually evolving spaces, streets are primed for telling multilayered stories of built heritage, social history and community identity.

5. To make better streets, we must first measure them

Libby Gallagher demonstrates that statistics and percentages matter

“I have spent so many years trying to figure out the actual dollar value of trees. Nothing is valued until it is understood within an economic rationalist framework.” – Libby Gallagher

The English mathematician and biostatistician Karl Pearson once said, “That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially.” The question is, how do you measure a street?

Related articles

Stay up to date

News and analysis on cities, places and the people who make them delivered direct to your inbox

You have Successfully Subscribed!