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City workers snub office return for greater flexibility at home

February 9, 2021

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Hype or Holy Grail: what is driving the hydrogen rush?

February 9, 2021

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“There have been false starts for hydrogen in the past,” the International Energy Agency says, but it acknowledges significant support is emerging from governments, oil and gas producers, car makers and renewable energy suppliers. “This time could be different.”

https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/hype-or-holy-grail-what-s-driving-the-hydrogen-rush-20210203-p56z16.html?btis

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https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/want-to-live-as-a-corporate-hippy-the-pandemic-made-it-easier-20210206-p57055.html?btis

February 6, 2021

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Kirsten Roach had assumed she would wait until retirement to fulfil the dream she shares with her husband to move out to the country. Like many Australians watching change speed up as work flexes around the pandemic, she just saw her vision go into fast forward.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/want-to-live-as-a-corporate-hippy-the-pandemic-made-it-easier-20210206-p57055.html?btis
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/want-to-live-as-a-corporate-hippy-the-pandemic-made-it-easier-20210206-p57055.html?btis

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Opinion | To Understand This Era, You Need to Think in Systems – The New York Times

February 3, 2021

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As a million media theorists have argued, in a few short decades (or, at most, centuries) we’ve moved from information scarcity, the problem that defined most of human history, to information abundance, the problem that defines our present. We know too much, and it’s paralyzing. The people worth following right now are those who seem able to find the signal in the noise. Few have a better track record of that in recent years than Zeynep Tufekci.

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11 Rules to Follow When Creating Vibrant Public Spaces | ArchDaily

February 3, 2021

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11 rules to follow when creating vibrant public spaces, with relevant existing examples from the world.

Source (thanks Jane Burry!): 11 Rules to Follow When Creating Vibrant Public Spaces | ArchDaily

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Sydney cycling: has the city that ‘hates bikes’ finally turned the corner?

January 30, 2021

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For years Sydney had earned a reputation as an anti-cycling city. Long-running disagreements between the City of Sydney council and the NSW government slowed cycleway construction, and in 2015 the separated bike path along College Street in the city centre was ripped up. But now attitudes are changing and the pace of building has rapidly increased, hastened by the Covid lockdown in 2020. Ambitious plans for a striking new path down the middle of Oxford Street highlight how the city is embracing the increased demand for cycling and mark a hopeful new era for cycling in the harbour city

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/09/sydney-cycling-has-the-city-that-hates-bikes-finally-turned-the-corner?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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As birth rates fall, animals prowl in our abandoned ‘ghost villages’ | Depopulation | The Guardian

January 25, 2021

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Human populations are set to decline in countries from Asia to Europe – and an unusual form of rewilding is taking place”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/24/as-birth-rates-fall-animals-prowl-in-our-abandoned-ghost-villages

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The boom in country towns is no flash in the pan

January 24, 2021

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It is a trend that could reshape regional economies for decades to come. Record numbers of Australians are turning their backs on pandemic-hit big cities, taking advantage of being able to work from home, and relocating to commutable country towns and their lure of open space, fresh air and cheaper housing. This, in turn, is creating new jobs and business opportunities.

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/commercial/the-boom-in-country-towns-is-no-flash-in-the-pan-20210120-p56vnl?btis

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San Francisco’s Tech Workers Are Leaving the Bay Area – The New York Times

January 15, 2021

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San Francisco office market in collapse as tech workers stay home | San Francisco | The Guardian

January 15, 2021

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San Francisco office market in collapse as tech workers stay home | San Francisco | The Guardian

As Silicon Valley businesses shutter offices, the city looks very different. But will the change outlast the coronavirus?”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/14/san-francisco-office-leases-tech-industry-covid

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