What do you get for $2.5 million in Sydney? The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has been throwing this sort of money at Sydney councils to do some strategic planning, and is just about to learn how poor value-for-money Sydney can be.
Expansive suburbs of single-family, freestanding housing are ubiquitous in countries such as Australia, the US and the UK. Most Australians still aspire to own a large detached house in the suburbs.
All regulations and building codes, new and old, should be scrutinised and discussed with gusto.
There is an abundance of self interest in the collaboration between the Save Our Suburbs crowd and developer lobby The Urban Task Force – in furious agreement to stop medium density in middle ring leafy suburbs. But why? And is it fair?
Urban density has become controversial in Sydney. The broad consensus among state policymakers is that we must have urban growth and a denser city, but where?
Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population. The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both expected to exceed 8.5 million by 2061. What will Australia’s cities look like then?
He’s known for his web series Josh’s House, which looked at how low density housing could be made more sustainable, but now presenter and environmental scientist Josh Byrne has turned his attention to denser forms of housing. His new series, Density by Design, will make the case for higher density residential developments that incorporate sustainability, […]
Professional services firm PwC has entered the affordable housing fray, suggesting a “simple but potentially profound” solution that would allow for the increased densification of low density areas while providing additional affordable rental units for Sydney. Its Affordable Housing Initiative proposes an amendment to the NSW planning rules that would allow multi-dwelling housing in R2 […]
As our cities densify, diversify and become challenged by affordability and space, they must adapt to meet changing uses and purposes to accommodate business people, singles, men, women, families and more. Placing a child-like lens over our view while planning for cities may seem frivolous for some. We have grown up continuously told to look […]
Urgent policy action is needed to provide better health outcomes and effective job density as Sydney’s population doubles over the next 40 years, according to the Committee for Sydney. The committee’s new report, Adding to the Dividend, Ending the Divide #3, analyses the current performance of Greater Sydney while suggesting practical ways to improve the […]
Since settlement, Australian cities have been shaped and reshaped by history, infrastructure, natural landscapes and – importantly – policy.
In this edited extract from his yet-to-be-published journal article Density, the Sustainability Multiplier: Some myths and truths with application to Perth, Australia, Professor Peter Newman reveals the top 10 myths regarding high density.