Author Archives: tanya

Lecture: The Science of Cities

Defining size, shape, scale and performance using percolation theory In November, AURIN proudly presented a seminar for researchers and urban planners by world-renowned British urban planner and geographer Mike Batty (Professor of Planning, University College London). His visit to Melbourne was made possible through a partnership between AURIN and CSIRO. In this talk, Professor Mike Batty explored how […]

“Australia has got great cities; we’ve got building challenges” – Minister

A post from AURIN director Andrew Dingjan on the Cities Roundtable with Minister Jamie Briggs There’s a role for the federal government to play in how cities are built and how they operate. The Prime Minister has a vision for a coordinated approach to get the best integrated planning systems operating, to ensure we have […]

Sorting fact from fiction in Sydney housing affordability debates

Why big data and ‘location, location, location’ matter for housing supply and demand The average price of a house in New South Wales compared with Tasmania may make a great headline, but it doesn’t pinpoint exactly where or how to build affordable housing. “Unlike nationally focused housing market information, the Sydney Housing Demonstrator Data Hub […]

Data playground for research students

Research-ready data opens opportunities for students Can greenery in the city be maximised to address climate change challenges and the urban heat island effect? How can urban planning promote walking and improve people’s health? Can transportation and demographic data open up alternative transport plans and policies? AURIN’s ‘big data’ resources are giving researchers and students […]

Is your neighbourhood making you fit or fat?

  Walkability tool helps urban planners play a role in fighting obesity Urban planners have a bigger role to play in fighting obesity according to health and urban research experts at the University of Melbourne. Public health researcher Professor Billie Giles-Corti said the data, maps and tools exist to improve ‘walkability’ in Melbourne, and other […]

AURIN’s picks of Melbourne Knowledge Week events

How connectivity shapes cities; data science as a competitive sport; and mapping data to reveal Melbourne’s people and places Melbourne Knowledge Week is a festival exploring the latest ideas and innovations in Melbourne’s science, technology, business and learning industries. This City of Melbourne initiative runs from 19 – 25 October 2015, showcasing a broad range […]