Alan Davies — Editor of The Urbanist

Alan Davies

Editor of The Urbanist

The Urbanist is edited by Dr Alan Davies, a principal of Melbourne-based economic and planning consultancy, Pollard Davies Consulting.


Sydney isn’t full. Its existing home owners just hate change.

October 13, 2017 16

According to many residents, Sydney has suddenly reached capacity. But the problem isn't a physical one: it's political.

Kids are staying indoors more than ever, but is that necessarily a bad thing?

August 23, 2017 11

Generational differences often obsess us. With children staying at home more Alan Davies asks why, and then remembers that in his day differences didn't necessitate deficiencies.

Will Australians be living in ’20-minute cities’ by the middle of this century?

Will Australians be living in ’20-minute cities’ by the middle of this century?

August 10, 2017 2

Living within a 20-minute walk of your work, your supermarket, your gym, your doctor, your friends and family, etc, sounds like a very nice idea, but is it feasible?

Suburban sprawl isn’t quite the nightmarish dystopia The Age makes out

July 6, 2017 4

There are more than a few arguable claims in a recent Age article that should be challenged because they seriously bias understanding of the issues.

Do we need to stop immigration to our major cities before it’s too late?

July 4, 2017 10

Determining the appropriate level of immigration for our cities is obviously an important public policy issue but too often sensible discussion is derailed by knee-jerk accusations of xenophobia or racism.

Do we have to have bollards in our CBDs?

June 30, 2017 4

It's regrettable it seems necessary to install heavy bollards in Australian cities to protect against vehicle attacks. But it could be a way to improve public spaces.

After Grenfell: are ‘towers’ even the best design for public housing blocks?

June 22, 2017

There is a dystopian stereotype about public housing that is remarkably common, which involves putting the blame put on all those damn high-rise towers.

Should we stop building residential towers in the wake of Grenfell disaster?

June 20, 2017 7

If no fire engine can reach up 20 storeys, should we stop building high-rise apartments?

Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

May 1, 2017 7

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews' "Night Network" is the worst kind of initiative because it was an election promise made from opposition with scant analysis or regard for what’s good policy.

Victoria’s housing affordability changes won’t make housing more affordable

March 8, 2017 14

The Victorian government says "it's tackling housing affordability head on", but its new housing initiatives are mostly about keeping up appearances.