.id insight newsletter - November 2015


Why is it important to understand ‘place’?

.id’s research has influenced our views about towns, cities and regions and informs how we approach our growing consulting business. What we have learnt is that:

1. A society is not an economy. A good society is a community that is well served by its economy.

2. Planning our cities towns and regions is central to developing and maintaining a healthy community and economy.

3. There is strength in the diversity of places – the diversity of uses, built form, cultures, economic activity and demography.

4. It is increasingly apparent that growing inequality undermines economic productivity and leads to dire social consequences.

5. There is strength in densification. Densification of places can increase safety and choice and will increase demand for the local economic base.

6. Agglomeration in places will produce more ideas per square metre and smart communities will facilitate the efficient implementation of those ideas.

7. Where possible, residential activity should be mixed with economic activity, as mixed-use is an essential part of the diversity that strengthens communities.

8. Understanding ‘Place’ , and the unique role and function that each place plays, is central to all of this.

These themes formed part of a panel discussion I participated in recently for the Melbourne Conversations Program where we discussed growth and density in inner Melbourne.




Economic development

Manufacturing in decline? Not in this town...

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Population matters

Dispelling myths about Arabic speakers

A campaign by Optus targetting Arabic speakers has sparked controversy in light of recent events (i.e. Paris Attacks). However, this controversy stems from equating the religion of Islam with terrorism, and further equating Arabic with Islam. But how much do we actually know about the population of Arabic speakers?

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A word from our researcher

Lagging doubts about Australia's declining birth rate

We previously wrote a blog about the results in the ABS's annual births publication. One of the key points was the decline in the number of births registered in 2014. NSW in particular recorded a substantial decline in birth numbers. Or did they really?

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New Zealand focus

Is loneliness a stage of life, a generational thing or a problem of our era?

I was enjoying a glass of wine with no. 2 son this week when, as a fledgling winemaker/philosopher, he mentioned the struggles of his generation – the “lonely” generation.I had to ask myself are millennials really the “lonely” generation, are teenage and young adult years a lonely stage of life, or are we all simply living in a lonely era? 

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Melbourne Conversations

.id's Founder, Ivan Motley, recently participated in an interesting public discussion about the future of Melbourne. In a period of sustained rapid growth, how do we accommodate more residents and maintain the liveability for which Melbourne is renowned?

Hosted by Peter Mares, the panelists included:

Professor Jago Dodson – Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University
Ivan Motley – Founding Director of .id Consulting
Kate Roffey – CEO Committee for Melbourne
Dr ANDREA Sharam – Research Fellow, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University

Their insights were fascinating, if a little confronting. Did you know that we haven't built any substantial new rail infrastructure in metropolitan Melbourne since The Glen Waverley line in 1929?

Watch the video here...


Final word

On population projections, forecasts and weather

Why do we say 'weather forecast' not 'weather projection'? The term 'projection' implies that it is a continuation of current trends -  which isn't always the case when it comes to weather (I'm sure Melbournians understand this). This is a good analogy as to why we prefer using the term 'population forecast' instead of 'population projection' at .id.

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