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Hot in the suburbs – Want more walkable streets? More trees please.

It’s February in Australia and summer temperatures are peaking. It’s hot outside on the streets and if you’re walking to work, or walking the dog, keeping your cool on these sweltering sultry days can be hard. In Brisbane, the state’s sun-drenched capital, the aspiration to be a climate-responsive city has been embedded in the City’s … Continue reading Hot in the suburbs – Want more walkable streets? More trees please.

Shady street trees: a great investment in urban quality

I recently made a visit to Shenzhen in SubTropical Southern China. The city core has a well-established grid of tree-lined streets with separate traffic lanes for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians demarcated by trees and tropical greenery. The tree canopies overlap, providing continuous street level shade, just as I have advocated for the past twenty+ years … Continue reading Shady street trees: a great investment in urban quality

How to make apartments more affordable – put residents first and ‘just say no’ to unnecessary add ons

One way to make apartments more affordable for owner-occupants may be to adjust the end-user / architect relationship. Breathe Architects have done just that and created a new and useful procurement process that delivers climate-responsive design, liveability and community values.