Jason Corburn’s Keynote Address at The International Conference of Urban Health in 2010

Jason is Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He also co-directs UC Berkeley’s joint Masters in City Planning/Masters in Public Health degree program.

He is the author of “Towards the Healthy City”.

Jason Corburn at the ICUH 2010 from The New York Academy of Medicine on Vimeo.


Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030

“The Hon. Tony Burke MP, Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, and co-chair of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, has released Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030 on behalf of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council. The strategy is an overarching national policy document guiding how governments, the community, farmers and other land managers, industry and scientists manage and protect Australia’s plants, animals and ecosystems over the next 20 years.”

Driven Apart: How sprawl is lengthening our commutes and why misleading mobility measures are making things worse

From the USA

This new report from CEOs for Cities, Driven Apart, shows that the solution to our traffic problems has more to do with how we build our cities than how we build our roads. 

The Urban Mobility Report produced by the Texas Transportation Institute presents a distorted picture of the causes and the extent of urban transportation problems, concealing the role that sprawl plays in lengthening travel times, and effectively penalizing compact cities.  We need new and better measures of transportation system performance that emphasize accessibility, rather than just speed.

Download the full Press Relase, Executive Summary and Report here

Social Sustainability through Affordable Housing: The South Australian Experience

The South Australian government is implementing an ambitious 30 Year Urban Plan to provide a transit driven future accommodating high population growth within existing areas and on fringe land. Affordable Housing provison is a key planning initiative supporting this socially sustainable mix and growth.
The government has set a target of 15% Affordable Housing in all new significant developments, with a major focus on the Adelaide Metropolitan area. Planning and Housing Legislation has been aligned at all levels from the State Strategic Plan and the Planning Strategy through to Council Development Plans, with enabling planning policy. The private and NGO /community housing sectors are considered key partners in achieving these outcomes.
Within the housing continuum, holistic Urban Regeneration in areas of high public housing concentrations as well as small scale incremetal infill programmes are in progress, delivering best practice adaptable housing and energy efficiency. Running parallel with this,  Housing SA is pioneering a raft of innovative financial mortgage products in the State such as a ‘shared equity’ product that provides easier access to home ownership in high demand areas.          
The paper at the conference will outline the progress made, highlight project outcomes and deliver some thoughts on existing and future challenges in meeting the affordable housing targets.

Belinda Hallsworth is the Manager of Urban and Regional Planning for the Affordable Housing Unit within Housing SA.

Sustainability perspective of supporting local, independent businesses, as opposed to chains

Philip D. Allsopp, D.Arch., RIBA, FRSA

Phil is a committee member of the 2011 Conference at Noosa in Qld Australia, and a keynote speaker, he will be speaking at  Arizona American Planning Association (APA) State Conference, in Phoenix, November 2010

Sustainability is often described as having an economic, social and environmental component (and land use would affect all of these).

The session will include a discussion of the benefits, from a broad sustainability perspective of supporting local, independent businesses, as opposed to chains. For planners, there are several implications, from economic development (for instance, relating to the fact that, dollar for dollar and square foot to square foot, considerably more money is returned to the local community from local businesses as from chains) to environmental (a greater ability to do adaptive reuse) to the land use implications of supporting smaller, independent businesses and the impact on creating sustainable, walkable, more attractive commercial and activity areas.

As “Local First” efforts multiply, both within Arizona as well as nationally, they will increasingly have an impact on planning efforts and, conversely, planning decisions that will have impacts on the ability of local businesses to survive and prosper.

www.1000mikes.com BlakelyCityTalk on air 8:00 PM Sunday night Sydney, Aus time


Ed Blakely

“This weeks show is about is a Bigger Australia and/or a Better Australia. In keeping with the focus the show is about cities and communities and how we live in them with good examples from around the world presented to help make our cities and neighbourhoods better places to live, work and play. However, how big is too big is the issue this week in dry parched Australia which like Europe and he United States is receiving new migrants with little or no capacity to support them.”

Guest this week will be Brian Haratsis his latest book is “Australia 2050” .

Click here to visit the site and download the podcast or play the radio show. Ed will keynote at the Making Cities Liveable Conference in Noosa in 2011

Welcome to the Making Cities Liveable Conference Blog

The annual Healthy Cities: Making Cities Liveable Conference started in 2007. 

This blog will feature stories and links to mainstream media that are of interest to our delegate community.  We will also host stories and comment from our speakers along with selected abstracts from conference papers for comment.

Over the next few months we will be building the article archive and would welcome any stories you would like posted.  Just send them to admin@healthycities.com.au