The Foreground five: our most-read stories for April
Transport, technology and cultivated nature mix it up in April’s most-read list. Let’s rethink roads for better public transport! Smart tech won’t improve urban access – that’s a political choice – but it could help urban plantings. And we find cultures are rich with trees and richer with gardening.
Governments in Australia are spending big on road infrastructure, but that doesn’t have to lead to less public transport.
With indigenous environments under threat globally, how might more experience of nature be included within increasingly dense urban development? A cross-disciplinary symposium at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne saw gardening and listening as crucial tools.
Political choices, not technological innovations, shape our urban transport systems. As long as governments continue to prize mobility over accessibility, those systems will remain unhealthy and ineffectual.
Augmented reality and artificial intelligence, smart sensors and real-time monitoring are helping to relieve pressures on overburdened city infrastructure. Urban trees are increasingly important multi-functional assets. Why aren’t they benefiting more from the same technologies?
Trees connect cultures to landscapes, rooting traditions to place. In an age of unprecedented deforestation, we should remember that trees are more than the sum of their utilitarian value as timber, food, fuel or otherwise.