11 days ago
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY GROW CITIES:
• Build new density and compact centres throughout the existing city, not the edges.
• Intensify and infill around existing and new transport hubs and main streets.
• Create diversity and affordability in mixed use zonings which allow compact mixed use buildings.
• Use previously developed land ahead of greenfield sites to protect open spaces and green connectivity.
• New developments on larger brownfield and greenfield sites need to start by respecting and enhancing the flow of water, the natural topography and green spaces as part of a network.
• Design the public realm – from the paving to the seats, the street furniture, the squares and the parks – before determining the development yields.
• Prioritise, in order, walking, cycling, public transport, emergency services, deliveries and only then consider private cars.
• Start to design new streets for future transport. New forms of transport are going to revolutionise our public streets and make millions of private parking spaces redundant.
• Our plans for the future must be advocated by the community and delivered through elected government, supported by, but not driven by, private interest.
• There must be a powerful vision, innovative governance and financials, an outstanding public realm, whole of precinct transport plan, comprehensive public participation and commitment to design excellence established before we start to talk about the design and delivery.
If these 10 strategies were adopted by federal and state governments, local councils, planning authorities and the community at large, it may be possible to halt the decline in amenity and to create well designed vibrant places to live, work and enjoy our great cities.
An extract from a paper written by Michael Heenan, Co-owner and CEO, of Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) architects and Urban designers and published by Brickworks in ‘The Material City’ By Ron Ringer.
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