planning

Heritage and WestConnex meet head-on in Haberfield

Australia’s most significant and, until a few weeks ago, most heavily heritage-protected garden suburb has been eviscerated. And Sydney’s newly unelected czar of city planning, Lucy Turnbull, professed ignorance.

Creating the female-friendly city

The theme of International Women’s Day was “Be Bold for Change”. In that spirit, what bold decisions can Sydney make to ensure that it genuinely reflects and responds to the…

Can urban congestion really be solved with high speed rail?

It’s back – now better than ever! This time, high-speed rail could solve Australia’s housing affordability problems! Australian capital cities are facing challenges of diminishing housing affordability, increasing urban congestion,…

Planners in red hot demand

MARKET PULSE: Demand for planners in Melbourne and Sydney is “red hot” at the moment with many consultancies finding it difficult to fill positions. John Wynne, national planning director of…

Plan Melbourne: density and heritage come into conflict

Critics are concerned Plan Melbourne’s renewed push for development in activity centres combined with reformed residential zones will damage the city’s distinctive heritage. Key changes to residential zones, which came…