1 May 2014

Tomorrow’s suburbs – Melbourne

At this seminar Jane-Frances Kelly and Andrew Whitson, Victorian General Manager Residential at Stockland, discussed the report and its implications.

30 April 2014

Tomorrow’s suburbs – Sydney

In Australian cities, new ‘greenfield’ suburbs are being built at a remarkable rate. These new suburbs are often well designed to suit the needs of their initial residents. Yet in a generation the demographic profile of local communities can shift radically. This seminar will explore how can we build in flexibility when planning tomorrow’s suburbs.

30 April 2014

Social cities

Humans are social animals: relationships are critical to our wellbeing. Grattan’s new report, Social Cities, argues that the way we build and organise our cities is crucial to the quantity and quality of social connection, which in turn is critical to our psychological and physical health.

30 April 2014

The spirit of cities

Daniel Bell discussed the findings of his book on the modern role of cities with Jane-Frances Kelly, Grattan’s Cities Program Director.

30 April 2014

Current trends in civic engagement in the USA

Harvard political scientist Professor Robert Putnam, a pioneer of research in social capital, explained to Grattan Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly how communities have become increasingly disconnected and how that might change.

30 April 2014

The social life of cities

Thinking about social design for cities is lagging behind thinking on economic and environmental issues, Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Britain’s Young Foundation, argued in this Grattan seminar.

30 April 2014

Resilient cities

At this Grattan seminar, Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies, discussed how cities and communities cope effectively with the challenges of growth.

30 April 2014

Australian cities: liveable and sustainable?

Australian cities rate highly internationally on liveability and well-being indices. State and metropolitan governments are keen to promote the liveability of their cities as a means of attracting mobile capital, skilled labour and tourists.

30 April 2014

Cities: who decides?

t the launch of Grattan’s latest report, Cities: Who Decides?, Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly explained how cities around the developed world that have grown successfully usually involved their citizens in understanding and managing change.

30 April 2014

Governing growing cities

Australia is famously one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with our cities producing the bulk of GDP and jobs. Today our cities are on the front line of responding to climate change, and are projected to significantly increase in size.