Another year has come and gone, so what were the main themes that have come through in The Fifth Estate’s articles?
We asked a few people for their views on what to expect in 2018.
Have a walk down Parramatta Road – take a helmet – and see what prioritising the car user has done at Strathfield.
NSW’s government architect has released a draft policy that aims to put green infrastructure at the heart of city-making.
Last week’s update to NSW planning laws has been called the biggest overhaul of the system in its near 40-year history, but critics say it fails to tackle the big issues, including transport planning, affordable housing and climate change.
The release of the Greater Sydney Commission’s “A metropolis of three cities” at the same time as Transport for NSW’s Future Transport strategy amounts to a great step forward for planning and delivering Sydney’s growth.
It was not so much a reveal than a reiteration when Greater Sydney Commission head Lucy Turnbull announced Sydney would become a tale of three “30-minute” cities by 2056 – we heard that last year when the city’s draft district plans were released.
The development industry was in defence mode this week over a poll published in the Sydney Morning Herald, with two-thirds of residents declaring the city full, and that the 1.74 million extra people we’re expecting over the next 20 years be pushed to the outskirts. It was an unsurprising result given the framing of the question, […]
Tim Williams, one of Sydney’s highest profile urbanism commentators, has resigned as chief executive of the Committee for Sydney to become head of cities at Arup.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s article on Sydneysiders “in revolt” over development is interesting, but the numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt.
A few weeks ago, The Fifth Estate covered the burgeoning demand for planners in Australia. As our cities and their populations grow at a rapid pace, it follows that more and more urban planning is required to keep those cities functional and liveable. Concurrently, as the world tries to come to grips with how to […]
Though widely maligned and criticised, plastics are not only here to stay – they’re also essential for our future, says UK sustainable plastics expert Dr John Williams whose company is about to launch what it claims is a bio degradable plastic.
Melbourne has again won the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most liveable city crown – an unprecedented seven times in a row – but again the chorus has risen: “For whom?”
Research based on new Census data has shown that life expectancy goes down dramatically as you travel west in Sydney. At its most extreme the gap between average life expectancy in an Eastern Suburb of your choice and Mount Druitt in Sydney’s west is 20 years.
Infrastructure is no longer just about engineering. A growing number of major transport projects are turning to leading architects to make the humble train station or light rail stop into a thing of beauty.
Melbourne Metro might very well be the first biophilic public transport project in Australia.
Phones are ringing off the hook at the peak fire protection associations as governments and building owners scramble to mitigate the threat of fire risk in multi-storey buildings.
Employers are working hard to retain young planners with Sydney and Melbourne still in the grip of a planner shortage, according to the Planning Institute of Australia.
There’s broad agreement that the new Planning Act in Queensland – coming into effect on Monday – will take the development industry and planners by storm.
Cynical media is blaming sustainability for the Grenfell disaster. But that’s well off the mark.
It’s not just the Royal National Park under threat from the NSW government’s rampant road building agenda.
Sydney Airport, Fishermans Bend in Melbourne and Elizabeth Quay in Perth will all be underwater by 2100 if emissions don’t fall, updated modelling from Coastal Risk Australia shows.
Let me ask you a question. Would you like housing in Sydney to be more affordable? As this is like being against motherhood and apple pie I suggest you all correctly answered “yes”. Let me ask another. Would you be willing for the price of your home to go down the 30 per cent required […]
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 consultancy Urbis, said it’s an incredibly busy time for planners and so recruiting them is a challenge. “It’s fair to say that nationally the demand […]
NSW’s new planning minister Anthony Roberts has been in the papers this week, with the announcement that an expanded “priority precincts” program would occur around rail stations to foster development.
During the November election in the US many people voted for local initiatives to pay for the infrastructure their town or city needed. In some cases, they voted to increase sales tax in order fund a 20-year transport improvement plan Look out the window at all the houses, roads, railways and buildings we’ve built over […]
Sometimes the gods of exquisite timing smile upon us and we know the moment is right to seize the opportunity for action.
Every debate needs a strawman – and in the one about housing affordability, negative gearing is the chosen target. Tim Williams is the latest to position it so. In his piece for The Fifth Estate (28 November) he praises NSW Planning Minister’s Rob Stokes for his contribution to the debate on negative gearing. See Tim […]
The NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes is right in his analysis of housing affordability – profoundly so. Despite claims to the contrary, we will not reduce house prices in Australia just by building more homes. We have tested that proposition both here and internationally. Here are the facts. Annual housing supply in Sydney has more […]
Housing is one of the touchstones of this year. We’ve seen prices soar and decent housing is now unaffordable for many people, young and old. But great challenges stimulate responses, and never before in Australia has the potential for change seemed so great. Developers, designers, planners, architects, various levels of government, financiers, materials manufacturers and […]