Robert Freestone

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For two decades, a competitive design process pioneered by Sydney City Council has been transforming the city skyline and, new research shows, raising standards as it goes.

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As Australia faces sustained and accelerated population growth, it is worth revisiting the idea of new cities – providing we don't resort to a tired rerun of town and country planning policies from the past.

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In major cities across Australia, there is a stark contrast between lofty planning goals and the sprawling reality on the ground, write Robert Freestone and Stephen Hamnett.

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Big ideas and big dollars have been invested in making 'memorable' places, write Edgar Liu and Robert Freestone.

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Australian cities are the 'crucible' of innovation and enterprise, and a cohesive urban policy is the key to greater prosperity and productivity, writes Robert Freestone.

Susan Thompson

Staff and students from the Faculty of the Built Environment have once again blitzed a series of design and planning awards.