Books:The Rosie Project

Books:The Rosie Project

–Graeme Simsion – $A29.99 – $NZ 37 – Text Publishing Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, has a difficult time interacting with people generally and women specifically. He hasn’t even made it to a second date. Early on he explains it is because some women are late, which he hates, or that they don’t really understand the pragmatic […]

Weather extremes the new normal

Weather extremes the new normal

It’s weird, the weather. Or it may just be that it is obvious. Depends on whom you talk to. Climate change has been on the march for a while now, or it may just be a phenomena – what has been happening lately – in the earth’s cycle.  –Doug Green, Publisher For example, this week […]

Urban planning and housing affordability

Urban planning and housing affordability

By Alain Bertaud, Urbanist, Senior Research Scholar, Stern School of Business, New York University Former Principal Planner – The World Bank. http://alainbertaud.com/  This year, Demographia is publishing its 10th Annual International Housing Affordability Survey. It ranks 360 metropolitan markets in nine countries.  Are planners in the worst performing cities paying any attention? And are they drawing any […]

Feeding frenzy – The new politics of food

Feeding frenzy – The new politics of food

By Paul McMahon Profile Books  Agriculture seldom makes headlines and when it does, it struggles to sustain its high profile. It is easy to forget that all development is founded on agriculture and the success of nations depends on food security: as Paul McMahon writes in Feeding frenzy, there would have been no pyramids without […]