As Australia’s “miracle” economy cranks up as close as possible to full speed – barring any repercussions from the end of JobKeeper and its potential to termite-seed the recovery – the young, the restless and every other cohort seems to be shifting places.
Clare Parry moves to HIP V. HYPE with eyes on growth. Passive House super star Clare Parry has joined HIP V. HYPE to bolster the integrated sustainability company’s technical capability. The job, as better buildings lead, is an opportunity to “dial up the pressure on sustainable buildings”, Ms Parry told The Fifth Estate on Tuesday. […]
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.
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 […]
In the world of acceleration of all things technical Hong Kong’s approach to smart cities is steady and pragmatic. And that’s a good thing
An ambitious strategy to transform one of Sydney’s ugliest traffic sewers into a cosmopolitan High Street has taken home two awards at the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2018 national awards.
Nine innovators working to improve water collection, lighting systems and energy savings received top awards at the National Energy Efficiency Awards held in Melbourne this week.
The Australian energy landscape has undergone seismic changes in recent years, none more critical than the Federal Coalition’s October 17 party room consensus to dismiss a Clean Energy target and instead adopt the euphemistically titled National Energy Guarantee (NEG).
The last couple of weeks have seen state governments looking far into the future, with the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft plan, the NSW government’s Future Transport Strategy (both looking to 2056) and the release of a draft framework for Fishermans Bend in Melbourne (out to 2050).
The advent of driverless cars presents a golden opportunity to wrest city shaping away from cars and back to planners, according to the University of Sydney’s Professor Robyn Dowling.
Leading architecture and urban planning firm FJMT and global engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald are among successful tenderers appointed to the redevelopment of Sydney’s Bays Market District.
It will be interesting to watch the comings and goings of staff now that the long-mooted split of UrbanGrowth NSW is under way.
There is the most charming video online on our site at the moment from Josh Byrne. If you only watch a few videos this Easter (or any) make sure you watch this one. It’s a glance into an early iteration of a sustainable community housing project in Adelaide created in the dim dark days of […]
UPDATED 2 March 2017 – Developments on government-owned land in NSW will be carbon neutral, water positive and zero waste if a draft strategy by urban transformation agency UrbanGrowth NSW is adopted. The Draft Sustainability Strategy was released ahead of news that the state government is considering splitting the agency in two – one part to deliver […]
Developer Celestino has partnered with CSIRO to launch a new research hub in Penrith aimed at developing and testing ways to make urban spaces and cities more liveable and sustainable. Located at Celestino’s 280-hectare Sydney Science Park, the Urban Living Lab will bring together researchers, industry, government and communities to research, design and test urban […]
HOUSING: Perth is setting itself up as a testing ground for an internationally successful co-housing model, with two baugruppen projects set to take off in the next few years.
NSW’s newly amalgamated Inner West Council will push the state government for a 15 per cent affordable housing target, following the endorsement of its draft affordable housing policy.
The release this week by the Greater Sydney Commission of city-wide draft plans mandating some measure of affordable housing in new developments is a step in the right direction. However, the target of 5-10% on rezoned land is too low to make a serious impact on the city’s affordable housing shortage. It must be more […]
The most prevalent argument against Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore gaining a fourth term is that she’s been in the job too long. Sydney needs change.
It was always going to be fierce battle for the high profile position of mayor of Australia’s richest council, Sydney. The lead up has been plagued by growing levels of vitriol.
After BEMP comes BPN. The Better Planning Network came out in force last Tuesday night to show what it’s made of.
The Libs have taken a battering in the City of Sydney elections, with allegations of misbehaviour in lord mayoral candidate Christine Forster’s campaign team, and plots to shrink the city to the size of the CBD, presumably so business interests can control it.
At last Tuesday’s NSW Urban Taskforce breakfast the development industry got a close up look at what the NSW state government’s land development agency has in mind when it talks about delivering the public good.
Matt Plumbridge, former head of sustainability at UrbanGrowth NSW, has landed back on home turf in Melbourne, as a director of development advisory consulting group ISG Projects, which is handling some of the biggest projects around town and has eyes on expanding northwards to Canberra and Sydney.
It’s testament to the growing disquiet around planning decisions made in NSW that the state government’s urban land agency UrbanGrowth NSW has rejected all 13 tenders received for the transformation of the White Bay Power Station, part of the Bays Precinct.
UPDATED: A battle is brewing between state government urban transformation agency UrbanGrowth NSW and the City of Sydney over projected densities in part of the Central to Eveleigh redevelopment.
More than seven months after appointing a cities minister and promising a fresh approach to engagement on cities, the federal government has released its Smart Cities Plan for consultation, and it has the support of major built environment players.
Malaysian property developer EcoWorld has announced it will bid to redevelop the White Bay Power Station, part of UrbanGrowth NSW’s Bays precinct.
UrbanGrowth NSW says it has received significant interest from Australian and international groups wanting to lead redevelopment of the White Bay Power Station, a priority destination for Sydney’s Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.
I’m always inspired by Barcelona, the city that virtually invented urban regeneration. The way they harnessed the Olympics to clean up a post-industrial wasteland, which separated a port community from its own waterfront, was a game-changer for the city and for place makers everywhere.