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Jessica Reynolds

Jessica Reynolds

Urban Planning News

Uber Air set to take off in Australia with flying taxi trial in Melbourne

ABC News reports that Uber Air, a futuristic transport concept to be trialed in Melbourne in 2020, holds potential to drastically improve South East Queensland’s congestion problems. For this reason, it is a concept that the town planning industry should watch with interest.

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Electric scooter numbers to rise on Brisbane streets as council approves second operator

You may have noticed the new orange scooters around the streets of Brisbane. Neuron Mobility scooters, which are larger, with a lower centre of gravity, are more mobile and more stable. For this reason, Brisbane city council has been given permission to operate 600 scooters, while Lime has been reduced to 400. These new generation of scooters also come with geo-fencing opportunities, a technology that prevents use in high pedestrian areas such as Queen Street Mall, Roma Street Parklands and South Bank. Also, did you know back in April Lime scooters were hacked to speak racism and profanity?

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Fruitport designs new $48M high school with places to hide from mass shooters

$48 million has been spent on designing an American school that aims to cut down sight lines in the case of an active shooter. The high school includes curved hallways and half walls to protect students, teachers, and staff. 

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Sinking Cities

Indonesia has declared a relocation of it’s capital city from Jakarta to a new settlement 1800 kilometres away in Borneo. The city is one of the fastest sinking cities in the world due to rising sea levels and the over-extraction of groundwater. There are also many other cities that have this risk, including: Houston, Lagos, New Orleans, Washington and Beijing.

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