Contributor: Mitra Anderson-Oliver

Mitra Anderson-Oliver is the Head of Urban Design and Strategy at Impact Investment Group. Previously a planning adviser to the Victorian State Government, Mitra is interested in the politics of city building and the creative forces that shape it. Mitra is also co-founder and committee member of Yarra Pools, a community-led proposal to re-introduce recreation and water-play to the lower Yarra. She has a background in law and wrote her Masters thesis on barriers to affordable housing in Melbourne.

Play Matters: The Style and Substance of the Berlin Spielplatz

Germany has some of the world's most exciting playgrounds, thanks to a combination of social values and wise design regulations. On her sojourn in Berlin, planning lawyer Mitra Anderson-Oliver gets to explore (mit kind!) this essential infrastructure of childhood.

Rob Adams: Urban Choreographer

While a city might be famous for the shape of its skyline or the height of its buildings, the life of a city is created and lived, for the most part, in the spaces between. Mitra Anderson-Oliver speaks with Director of City Design, Professor Rob Adams, to understand the forces that have shaped these spaces in Melbourne.

Zoned out

The new residential zoning scheme for Victoria, released by the State government last year, has huge implications for the urban fabric and social diversity of our city. Seeking to demystify an incredibly complex and confusing system of regulations, Mitra Anderson-Oliver delivers an urban planning 1-0-1 on how the zoning changes might affect you and your housing dreams.

Cities for people: Jan Gehl

Jan Gehl, renowned Danish architect, urban design consultant and champion of the human scale, is a great believer in walking. “There is more to walking than walking”, he says, a point which Mitra Anderson-Oliver has cause to reflect on over the two days spent pursuing Jan on foot during his trip to Melbourne for an international study tour, during the hottest autumn week in Victoria’s history.