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Researchers warn ‘Treeless’ Suburbs Put People’s Health at Risk

Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: GREEN, Urban Planning | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Researchers warn ‘Treeless’ Suburbs Put People’s Health at Risk

Researchers warn 'Treeless' Suburbs Put People's Health at Risk

Urban planners and researchers warn increasing housing density in Australian cities must not be at the expense of tree cover and its cooling benefits.

A pilot study done by a team from the University of Melbourne warned “treeless” outer suburbs were a risk to health and wellbeing :: Read the full article »»»»


Building Approval Fall Marks Peak Home Building Boom?

Posted: August 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Australian Home Prices, Real Estate News, Urban Planning | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Building Approval Fall Marks Peak Home Building Boom?

Building Approval Fall Marks Peak Home Building Boom?Official figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – ABS – on new home approvals have raised questions over whether the building boom is peaking. The ABS figures for June show 15,659 new dwellings were given local government go-ahead that month, down 5 per cent from the month before.

Despite the fall, which was more than twice what economists expected, dwelling approvals are still up by a massive 16 percent on the same time last year. The notoriously volatile apartment approvals figure, which is frequently skewed by large developments, fell 10.5 per cent in June, but still remains more than 23 per cent above last year’s level.

Detached house approvals fell a more modest 2.2 per cent at the start of winter, but are also up a more modest 13.1 per cent over the past year. The Housing Industry Association, which represents residential builders, says slow land release is likely to have capped the most recent construction boom.

Despite the downturn in new builds, home prices surged as the real estate market recovered from it’s autumn slump. Overall Australia’s home price boom shows little sign of slowing, with Sydney and Melbourne again driving price gains after a brief lull :: Read the full article »»»»


World’s Biggest Building: China’s New Century Global Centre

Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA, Urban Planning | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on World’s Biggest Building: China’s New Century Global Centre

New Century Global CentreBoasting its own artificial sun, a floor area three times the size of the Pentagon, the “world’s largest building” has opened in Chengdu – a metropolis in China’s Sichuan Province  – to mixed reviews from its first visitors. The towering 100-metre high New Century Global Centre, which is said to be big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses, recently opened its doors in Chengdu.

The complex, which Chinese officials say is the world’s largest standalone structure, is 500 metres long by 400 metres wide, offering 1.7 million square metres of floor space, big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses.

But the first wave of visitors were divided over the attractions of the the structure, which houses 400,000 square metres of shopping space, offices, conference rooms, a university complex, two commercial centres, two five star hotels – including an  Intercontinental Hotel –  and an IMAX cinema :: Read the full article »»»»


Latest Australian Census Data Maps Best Council Areas

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Urban Planning | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Latest Australian Census Data Maps Best Council Areas

PEPPERMINT GROVE WANew Australian census data has ranked how well-off each local council area is, showing Western Australia and New South Wales as the states with the most affluent suburbs.

The Socio-Economic Index generated by the 2011 census measures people’s income, type of employment, housing and broadband access in different locations across the country, Dr Gould from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – ABS – says the data can be used by state and local governments to help better target support programs.

The data can be downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website for use in Google Earth, which interprets the data using Google maps. The small riverside suburb of Peppermint Grove in Perth has been ranked as the country’s most well-off council area, closely followed by Ku-ring-gai in Sydney’s affluent north :: Read the full article »»»»


Experts Dispute The Benefits of Fringe Dwellings

Posted: February 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Business and Economy, Urban Planning | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Experts Dispute The Benefits of Fringe Dwellings

Australian Experts Dispute The Benefits of Fringe DwellingsAustralia: Economists and planning experts broadly agree that Australia has a housing shortage, but there is a lot of disagreement on how to address it.

The New South Wales Government has asked landowners to nominate sites they think would be suitable for new homes. Forty-three have replied, mostly nominating land on Sydney’s far south-west and north-west fringes. The State Government is now evaluating which sites are viable.

Frank Stilwell is a professor of political economy at the University of Sydney who has written several books on urban policy. Stilwell says the New South Wales Government’s move to open up development sites outside its previously planned corridors defies decades of research on urban planning.

“If you’re getting housing on those urban fringes, a long way away from the city with poor public transport, if any is locally available, then it means car dependency,” Stilwell said. “That of course is a strange policy to be pursuing at a time when we’re trying to look for sustainability.” Read the full article »»»»