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June 2016

100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities is pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). It is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st Century.

100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.

On 1 June 2016 the City of Melbourne released its Resilience Strategy, Australia's first resilience strategy.

For more information visit:100 Resilient Cities

future proof, healthy cities, visioning

City ID

City ID develops creative solutions to make cities more welcoming, engaging and easier to navigate. This is done through creative information and wayfinding solutions.

social, urban design, planning, density, open space, infrastructure

May 2016

Urban Greening
in High Density

Image Source: Dezeen

High density living is increasingly becoming the norm for the millions of people that want to live in our global cities. People assume that they must give up their connection to nature in order to live in central locations within our cities. However, given the increase in the amount of high rise residential apartments, designers are starting to shift towards locating high density development in locations adjacent to parklands and open spaces and are including tree planting within high density residential developments in city centres creating the “Vertical Forest”.

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March 2016

PX Podcasts

Planning Xchange delivers regular podcasts on a range of urban issues. They aim to provide monthly Podcasting episodes which are relevant to a range of audiences both within Australia and internationally. 

Our very own Mark Sheppard appeared in episode 14.

Check it out here.

urban design, planning melbourne, urban planning

February 2016

UN Sustainable

Video source: Paper City - An Urban Story

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.

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sustainable cities, safe cities, healthy cities, planning

September 2015

Urban Sculptures

Image source: Studio Roosegaarde

Air pollution is a problem that effects cities all over the world. With populations expected to keep increasing in urban areas, the problems associated with smog and poor air pollution will have consequences for years to come.

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urban sculpture, urban art, clean living

Transforming Children’s Futures

Yared Wolde from the School of St Yared visited David Lock Associates to share the inspiring work he does in providing first-class, bilingual primary education to some of the poorest children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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masterplanning, visioning, inspiration

July 2015

What makes a
Great Place

How do you identify or make a great place? How do transform public spaces to community spaces?

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placemaking, community spaces

June 2015

Roof gardens from
around the world

A great way to combat air pollution, roof top gardens are a beautiful addition to any city. Check out these nine breathtaking roof top gardens from around the world.

green building, roof top garden

Mapping Your
City's Smells

At the University of Cambridge scientists have been collecting data on how urban smells can influence urban life.

An urban smell dictionary has been created that comprehensively covers unpleasant or 'emission' odours to pleasant smelling or 'nature' odours.

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urban planning, city design

The Evolution of Urban
Planning in 10 Diagrams

This overview of an former exhibition provides an interesting look at how simple illustration has been able to capture complex ideas on paper and in the process has revolutionised how we live in cities.

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planning, urban structure, urban planning, urban regeneration

May 2015

Smart Cities –
Delivering sustainable urbanism

The growth of the development of smart cities is a recent popular discourse driven by changes in technology. How planners and designers utilise smart technology to engage in city development will change quickly in the future through the use of this technology.

David Lock Associates is at the forefront of the latest thinking around smart cities having recently presented at the American Institute of Architects on this topic as well as the offices of David Lock Associates UK working closely with technology companies. By taking a holistic view of cities and their integration with technology, cities of tomorrow can be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable for all their people.

David Klingberg presents at the Center of Architecture in New York. 

david lock associates, smart cities, planning

January 2015

Sweet relief

As we head back to work in the sweltering heat, we’re all looking for ways to cool down.

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landscape architecture, swimming pools

December 2014

Light up your life

What is your city doing this year to light up the streets at Christmas?

St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. Image credit:

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cities at christmas, lighting

November 2014

Floating food

Food security is a major challenge for our growing population, but a team of architects from Studiomobile, botanists and others have created the Jellyfish Barge – a solar powered greenhouse where food can be grown with very limited environmental impact.

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food security, innovation, architecture

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