The continual sprawl of Australian cities was cause for recent discussion across Sydney micromedia. From 473 tweets on the trend of designing denser cities (#designdensity) during late 2011, over 100,000 words were captured on the matter from various publishing platforms. Here are the tags that count.

So everyone wants to lay into the density battle now, right? It’s the flavour of the day.

Sydney has been achieving a lower density each year since 1990 … Sydney’s urban area has been growing at over 2.4% per year while the population has been growing at 1.2%. The population density is falling by 0.8% each year.
Tim Williams, Architectureinsights

Opposing high-density development on inner-city sites such as Barangaroo or Broadway … drives sprawl. Australia needs four more Sydneys (or sixteen more Adelaides) within four decades. If it doesn’t go here, it goes somewhere else.
Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald

For those still opposing high density dwelling, I have some bad news. It’s going to happen in your neighbourhood.
Dan Lopez,

We can neither afford to pay for the infrastructure costs of new suburbs nor erode more and more agricultural land to build the biggest houses in the world.
Matthew Pullinger,

As greenfields and brownfields sites are easily available, big developers will shun the complexities of development in the greyfields.
Margaret Simons,

[As architects] we have the potential to shift the stereotype associated with density.
Laura Cantali,

If the objective, the vision, was to enable everyone, wherever they are, to ride a bicycle safely, the answer wouldn’t be mandatory bicycle helmets, it would actually be safe and amenable bicycle routes throughout the city.
Helen Lochhead, AA Roundtable

Despite the increase in the value of residential property, young Australians still want to own their own home. But now, they are just as happy living in and buying apartments as they are houses.
Tarsha Finney, Sydney Morning Herald

#designdensity #Affordable Housing #Bicycle Transport #Public Transport #Urban density #Readings #bicycles #density #urban sprawl #Designing Out Crime #greenspace #Density

This information was based on the ephemera generated by UTS Master of Architecture students for the subject Media & Marketing coordinated by Joanne Jakovich with Melonie Bayl-Smith and Nicole Gardner-Haeusler.



Published online: 2 Jan 2012


Architecture Australia, January 2012

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