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November 20 2013

A Farewell From Steven Petsinis

November 20th, 2013Posted by 

As I walked past a communal artist space that had recently developed adjacent my apartment, I quickly checked my calendar to see if I had time to change my story for this week. Alas, I found out that this week is my sign off and my attention quickly flowed back to what drew me to Global […]

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November 06 2013

From Excess to Excise: How Australian’s Behaviour Has Lead to Significant Alcohol Excises

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

When you think of what Australia’s past times are, you often think of beaches, the great outdoors and football. However, what has become a tainted trend in recent years has been the drinking problem that has formed part of the ‘Aussie culture’. Alcohol usage has become more and more recognized by state and federal government […]

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October 23 2013

Developing the Community: The Contentious Plan to Redevelop Melbourne’s Crisis Housing Towers

October 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Ghettos, projects, and slums are some of the names given to lower income areas. In Melbourne, the housing commissions have provided housing to lower income classes since the 1960′s. Major housing commissions positioned within inner Melbourne are included in the following areas: Carlton; Richmond; Flemington; South Melbourne; Prahran; and North Fitzroy. Their role in Melbourne […]

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October 23 2013

Melbourne’s Central Business District Jeopardizes “World’s Most Livable City” Status

October 23rd, 2013Posted by 

A city’s centre should be its pride and joy – a reflection of the city’s culture, a place that residents can be proud of and that visitors can feel comfortable in. Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) has struggled with amenity and surveillance issues that have threatened to tarnish the city’s reputation as the world’s most […]

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September 25 2013

As The Economy Trends South: Victorian Government Proposes ‘East-West’

September 25th, 2013Posted by 

Though a city of less than five million people, Melbourne is a sprawling city that’s population and sprawl are growing at an exponential rate. The development of housing in outer Melbourne has choked existing infrastructure, due to the inability for Victoria to integrate public transportation within these newly developed areas. The government’s latest decision to […]

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September 11 2013

Nanny State: How Victorians Are Losing Their Freedom

September 11th, 2013Posted by 

As a Melburnian, I feel privileged to live in a city that offers such varying activities and landscapes within such a well-governed state. However, in recent years I have acknowledged that the liberties of my life have been diminishing, and that the powers that be may be slowly tightening their grip on day-to-day life in […]

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August 28 2013

One Lucky Country: Why Australia’s Cities are Amongst the World’s Most Livable

August 28th, 2013Posted by 

Over the last fifty years, Australia has witnessed migration levels that now make it as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. As you speak to European migrants who came during the baby boom period, they relay to you just how hard they had it. As new generations of migrants arrive, their stories […]

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August 14 2013

Why Rail is Imperative for Melbourne’s International Airport Linkages

August 14th, 2013Posted by 

As major cities around Australia and the world have acted on the growth of their cities and airports’ patronage by installing high-volume contemporary public transport services, the world’s most liveable city’s airport has stood still. As Sydney Airport constructed a rail system as the Olympics approached, Melbourne has failed to canvass any such plans whilst announcing that a new […]

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July 31 2013

Shadows of Doubt: Will Melbourne’s Planned Density Affect Its Liveability

July 31st, 2013Posted by 

As Melbourne’s population grows, our city’s planners are pushing for densification. By concentrating growth, Melbourne is hoping to ease the strain on housing supply by promoting smaller lot sizes, as well as ease the burden by extending infrastructure to its urban fringes. However, a by-product of this densification is the physical dominance that high-rise developments […]

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July 17 2013

MONA: How One Man’s Gamble Put Hobart on the Map

July 17th, 2013Posted by 

The Apple Isle has historically been a destination devoid of tourists, as Tasmania could be described as the ignorant outcast of a lucky country. Whilst visitors flock to Queensland to bathe in sun or to the Northern Territory to go ‘walkabout,’ Tasmania attracts epicureans and nature lovers who bask in the desolate lands of the […]

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July 03 2013

Last Chance: The Free Rent Scheme Activating Melbourne’s Docklands

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Vintage, grungy and gentrified are words that are often associated with Melbourne’s most trendy neighbourhoods. Inner urban suburbs such as Fitzroy and North Melbourne that are characterised by Victorian terrace housing, Miner’s cottages and brick veneer factory warehouses have played a significant part of Melbourne’s suburban gentrification over the last 10 years.  However, the case of […]

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June 19 2013

Myki: The Costly Implementation of Melbourne’s Transport Ticketing System

June 19th, 2013Posted by 

Why does it seem that sometimes the more advanced we get, or the more available technology becomes, the less effective we become? This is the case with Public Transport in Melbourne. Up until the 1990’s Trams were controlled by aged conductors, dressed classically and ever approachable. They were employed to make sure everyone who came […]

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June 05 2013

A Dangerous Ride: Why Melbourne’s Bike Lanes Are Not Promoting A Sustainable Commute

June 5th, 2013Posted by 

How we integrate cycling paths into developed cities can be challenging, as cities’ centuries-old built forms are having to be designed to appease the growing population of cyclists. Whether it be a Saturday morning along Port Phillip Bay or an early morning weekday ride along the picturesque St. Kilda Road, the role of cycling in […]

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May 22 2013

Catching Growth: The Issues Facing Melbourne’s Public Transport System and Its Outer Suburbs

May 22nd, 2013Posted by 

As our cities grow, their transport needs become more complex. If we are lucky enough to live in established suburbs that have a legacy of schools, shops, and parks, our local communities and neighbourhoods may provide us with our basic needs and services, our social and work commitments. However, for most of us, meeting all […]

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May 08 2013

Back to Reality: The Deflation of Melbourne, Australia’s Housing Bubble

May 8th, 2013Posted by 

An Australian’s house provides major evidence to his claim of living a lifestyle that resembles the majority of the country. A quarter acre block with a backyard spacious enough for a BBQ and patio is synonymous with many Australians’ lifestyle. However, this lifestyle has become harder to attain for the current generation of Australians. From the […]

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April 24 2013

The Hidden Costs of Highways: How The Investment of Vehicle Orientated Infrastructure is Affecting our Health

April 24th, 2013Posted by 

Our mobility is bound by the linkages available to us and the built environment that surrounds us. But how does our transportation choices in our city affect our health and well being ? This is a question that is gaining prevalence as cities grow, densify and complicate the daily journey of urban dwellers. A report […]

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April 10 2013

Trading Places: The Spanish Migration to Emerging Latin American Economies

April 10th, 2013Posted by 

Not since the “Conquistadores” have they been arriving in such numbers. Though the current Spanish migration may be more out of necessity than the inquisitive expedition undertaken in the 1500’s, it may also be a sign of the strengthening dependence that Spain will have on Latin America, and potentially become a trend that may become […]

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March 27 2013

Mobile Activation: How Melbourne’s Food Vans Can Stimulate the City’s Disconnected Docklands Area

March 27th, 2013Posted by 

Melburnians pride themselves on their food culture, and they will go to any lengths to find good food. The city’s multicultural background, coupled with residents’ fascination with global gastronomy trends, has changed not only what city goers eat, but how neighbourhoods and streets are designed and function. Ethnic Restaurants in many established suburbs such as […]

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March 13 2013

Shockproof: The Inspiring Redevelopment of Earthquake-Hit Christchurch, New Zealand

March 13th, 2013Posted by 

The coverage that natural disasters receive usually only captures an audience for a few days. While the initial visuals may shock and distress the viewer, the fast media cycle means that the recovery that follows the disaster is observed by comparatively few. The Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2011 certainly fit this model. 181 people died, thousands […]

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February 27 2013

From Preservation to Pioneering: The Transformation of The Historical Center of Cuenca, Ecuador

February 27th, 2013Posted by 

In a period of rapid urbanization, many cities are faced with the challenge of reconciling seemingly contradictory objectives. One of the most pressing of these challenges is the imperative to conserve valued and significant buildings and streetscapes of the past whilst providing the infrastructure for modern, efficient, and sustainable public transport. The experience of the […]

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