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High-rise housing: Atherton Gardens Estate

This is an information sheet providing a history of Melbourne's slum reclamation and housing estate development in the post-Second World War era, highlighting Museum Victoria's model of the Atherton Gardens Estate in Fitzroy. It is downloadable as a two-page pdf file.

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Moving into Northcott Flats

This clip describes how pleased Dolly Wilson felt about moving into the new Northcott Flats in 1960. Explaining that she and her husband could never afford to buy their own home, Wilson tells how they decided to accept a flat at Northcott after where they had been living was demolished. To shots of her flat's interior in ...

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Proposed design of the layout for Canberra 1912 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map showing an alternative design for Canberra prepared by a departmental board from the Department of Home Affairs for consideration by the Parliament in November 1912. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other ...

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A smarter future car

Over about 125 years the automobile has only experienced minor changes, but now our cramped and clogged cities demand a smarter car. In this clip from 2010, see how the automobile is being adapted to make our cities more efficient.

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Planning future cities

Could your mobile phone help town planners design better cities? Data collected from our day-to-day interactions can now be collated and used to make our cities both more efficient and better places to live. See how it all works.

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Light rail plan for western Sydney

Long lines of cars, frustrated drivers in peak traffic: familiar? As the population of Australia's major cities continues to rise and spread outwards, increased strain is placed on existing infrastructure such as roads. People often look to government to fix urban problems. Could a light rail system solve Sydney's western ...

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Population pressures in coastal towns

Stunning beaches and tourist-filled coastal towns are some of Australia's most important assets. But how do seasonal fluctuations in population affect these coastal communities? This clip focuses on a new push by the National Sea Change Taskforce to have visitor numbers properly counted in the next census, so that development ...

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Planning for growth in Sydney

Sydney is already Australia's largest city but the outlook is for an increasing population and continuous growth. Looking toward the planning horizon of 2031, a recent government plan has pleased some sections of the community, but it is not without its critics. In this clip from March 2013, see how the state government ...

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Are you connected to the bush?

Are those of us living in cities and towns in danger of losing our connection to the natural environment? In suburban Adelaide, some individuals and groups think so. They're taking action to create habitats and attract wildlife back to the city. What effect might this have on the urban environment and the people who live in it?

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If you build it, they will come

It's been 'all systems go' in the Northern Territory, with a range of new development projects springing up. In this clip from 2013, see Territorians coming up with novel solutions to the age-old problem of housing. Could a shortage of affordable housing derail the good economic times?

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Homeowners going solar

With rising electricity bills, more homeowners have been installing solar panels. In this clip see why, in 2013, the Western Australian Government was considering changes to a situation where any surplus energy produced through the system was returned to the home owner as credit.

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A city without a heart?

Iconic but sterile. Nationally significant yet isolated. The city of Canberra regularly seems to divide opinion. Watch this clip and take an intriguing look at life in Canberra at the start of the 1970s. As you'll see, arguments about the liveability of Canberra are nothing new.

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Renovate or detonate?

In this clip from 1992, we meet a group of architects pushing for Sydney to improve its liveability. But we also hear from a developer who might have a different idea about what should lie at the heart of the city. A key point of conflict emerges over what to do with Sydney's older buildings.

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Where do we build next?

Like many Australian cities, Melbourne has been growing rapidly. This clip from 2012 investigates debates about where Melbourne's urban growth should occur. While inner city areas are slowly being redeveloped, the outer suburbs continue to sprawl and their residents battle some serious issues.

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In step with urban planning

Perth is reputed to be one of the world's most isolated cities. But it's also known for its urban sprawl. The demand for large blocks and low density has fuelled constant growth. Now one study has revealed that better-designed walkable suburbs might help to slow both urban and human sprawl.

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Improving the energy efficiency of fibro homes

In the 1950s, 'fibro' homes prevented a looming housing crisis triggered by Australia's post-war baby boom and a spike in immigration. Millions of them remain in our suburbs, but energy-efficiency is not their strong point. In this clip, see how a team of students have found out how to retrofit these homes to revolutionise ...

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Laptop wrap – urban growth and decline

A page with a focus on urban growth and decline as an issue in Australian environments with supporting activities and links to resources. Central to the resource is a case study of urban change in Pyrmont in Sydney.

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Laptop wrap – improving liveability

A page with a focus on using geographical data to plan for future community needs, with supporting activities and links to resources.

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Community enterprise: people, economy and the environment

Help a local council to investigate proposals for redeveloping an old factory site. Compare the benefits of building a swimming pool, toy factory or parkland. Gather facts and opinions from local residents at five places: job centre, library, council meeting, talkback radio station and shopping centre. Rate the economic, ...

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Balancing the options: wildlife park

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed wildlife park. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, wildlife supporters and the park developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. ...