On our latest podcast, our managing editor, Tina Perinotto, spoke with urban planner Rob Adams.
There’s a draft NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (draft SEPP) for housing diversity out for discussion and it’s sparked the interest of the property developer lobby group Urban Taskforce. The Fifth Estate welcomes thoughts and contributions from other readers on this topic. “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, […]
If we’re picky about the projects we choose, fast-tracked planning approvals could accelerate the low carbon transition, fix social problems and boost the economy at the same time.
The push by pedestrians and cyclists to use more street space during the coronavirus lockdowns could prompt a major rethink of how we use our public space after we emerge from the crisis.
Greetings from my bunker in Sydney’s Fairlight: the paradox of a pandemic is that it both unifies us globally while separating us nationally, and indeed individually.
In planning circles, debate has ignited around the relative resilience of different dwelling types to the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospect of health threats like it in the future. It’s highlighted the shortfalls high density living – when it’s done badly, at least – so does this mean people will flock to the suburbs?
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.
News from the front desk, issue 467: There’s an election looming for the Brisbane City Council on 28 March and urban planning looks like shaping up as a key issue that could sway the result.
When Cobargo on the NSW South Coast is rebuilt after being smashed by bushfires on December 31, townspeople will want it to be as charming and attractive a place as it was previously – and they will want it to be better protected from future fires.
Bushfires are an angry God’s message to Australia for its support of same-sex marriage, according to Israel Folau. Presumably, the more ferocious conflagration near Sydney means its sin is greater. Felled by smoke and regret, its watery-eyed penitents must now kneel and beg forgiveness.
If government won’t explore innovative ways to grow Sydney’s CBD, perhaps the private sector – with all its faults – may be our only hope. It sometimes seems that planning is as much a concealing and evasive discipline as it is a coordinating and enabling one. As explained recently in The Fifth Estate, Pyrmont is […]
Western Sydney Rising Series: From tree planting to creating incentives for low-carbon buildings, Sydney’s Liverpool Council is pulling some powerful levers to build a sustainable, liveable city.
Approving Star City’s proposed tower would destroy a rare example of planning gone “right”, when planners, politicians and the community worked together. The latest Pyrmont debate is an important one and it’s worth putting some background on the table to inform the way forward. The NSW Department of Planning established a team of planners in […]
Imagine a transport system powered by renewable energy that lets you zip around on autonomous pods above the ground as quickly and smoothly as blood and nutrients course through our bodies, and is linked up to our food production systems for faster paddock-to-plate dining than ever before.
The scale of Star City’s proposed hotel and apartment tower has ignited opposition, but why is nobody talking about what’s really going on? Here’s a look at how manipulating planning rules can create massive uplift in value – for private hands at almost no cost. Like money out of thin air in fact…
HY William Chan has done some inspiring work in the built environment and beyond that hasn’t gone unnoticed. So what drives this young urbanist?
We may not be able to address national social discord directly but we might have an indirect shot by making our cities more civilised.
What can Australia learn about creating more sustainable, functional cities from the ancient Romans? A fair bit according to urban planner and history enthusiast Dr Shane Geha.
The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code has attracted widespread criticism from those concerned with suburban over-development, amenity and the role of state government in local planning.
News from the front desk issue 442: It’s no secret among our most avid readers that we’re based in inner Sydney.
The executive director of planning at Place Design Group, Chris Isles, is arguing for a minister for local streets.
All regulations and building codes, new and old, should be scrutinised and discussed with gusto.
The NSW and federal 2019 elections saw the return of Coalition governments. My perspective – from western Sydney – is: Coalition infrastructure policies have been dreadful, Labor’s offerings weren’t any better.
Chris Johnson responds to Philip Bull’s contributed article: ‘Posh Sydney says no to density’.
OPINION: Over the weekend we had Bill Shorten promise $10 billion in federal funding for the Suburban Rail Loop proposed by the Victorian Labor government, and Scott Morrison promise $4 billion in federal funding for the East West Link. With such massive amounts of money being thrown around, you’d think there would be some good […]
We need to shake up the way we think about cities and create a new paradigm for town planning says urban planner Steven Liaros, and our broken food systems are a good place to start.
OPINION: The debate about industrial and urban services land continues with the head of property development industry organisation Urban Taskforce Chris Johnson challenging the Greater Sydney Commission “troika” and arguing for a “new Sydney” that embraces mixed-used precincts.
If Byron can’t make good planning and a healthy environment stick, with its lush history of hippies and deep greens, then it’s going to be a lot harder for anyone else.
Over the summer break, urban planner Philip Bull took the opportunity to apply Edward Glaesar’s arguments to the Australian context.
It has been said of Australian cities that they are orphans of public policy. They belong to no-one and are thus neglected, despite the fact that most Australians live in them and they create most national wealth.