A shift in thinking is emerging which is changing the way we live in urban areas. The urban activation movement is a grass roots reaction regenerating lifeless streetscapes. This movement is rebuilding the local communities which have dissolved in many cities but also needs to be supported by place-led local governance.

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The term 'housing affordability crisis' is increasingly used in Australia suggesting to many there are no affordable houses available. Houses are certainly more expensive but are also much larger, whilst accommodating fewer occupants and spread over a much larger urban footprint. Buying a small house on the fringe was an option for many first home buyers in the past, but is no longer acceptable to most young people gripped by infrastructure FoMO (fear of missing out).

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Public art and public space in many ways have been naturally merging over time. Consciously merging these fields however could improve public art outcomes, whilst also generating inspiring public realm outcomes in Western Australia.

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The need to increase densities is one of the most important social, environmental and economic issues facing Western Australia. Achieving state wide planning objectives, particularly increasing density however, often leads to criticism of our planning approvals system. Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) and Design Advisory Committees (DACs) are relatively new additions to the approvals system in Western Australia and are the focus of debate within local communities, councils and the private sector.

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Although its forms are now quite different, public art has historically played an integral role within our public realm. In recent years public art has enjoyed a revival occurring in conjunction with our desire to improve the quality of our built environment and public space. Claire Doherty's 'The New Rules of Public Art' published in 2013 reflect a change in direction. New forms of public art such as performance, ephemeral, installation and electronic media alongside more traditional forms such as sculpture and mural contribute to contemporary place-making generating engaging memorable public realms.

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