Episode 127: Fighting Urban Sprawl by Building Little Boxes for the Real Housewives of Melbourne

Posted: February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized
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more of the same

You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (43mins, 34MB).

This time we’re joined by town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen to discuss the issue of urban sprawl, where urban development takes over previously undeveloped areas. This has a variety of negative impacts, including on humans, other animals and the environment as a whole.

Mark advocates an alternative approach to planning, including urban villages and cohousing as responses to these problems. He also argues that high rise is not the (only) response required to address urban sprawl.

If you’re interested in finding out more about and discussing these issues, join Mark’s Facebook group Population, Permaculture and Planning. If you’d like more from us on similar issues, check out our 25th episode: Get Out of Your Car! and you can also hear Nick discussing urban planning, transportation, environment and social justice on episode 47 of Critical Transit podcast.

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You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on why urban sprawl is an important issue that needs to be addressed, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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