The triumph of ugliness – National –

March 21, 2008,AEDT

Are Australians visually illiterate? That’s the question that architects, designers and their critics have been pondering since the first convict staggered ashore, whacked up a bark humpy on the edge of Sydney Harbour, hung an emoh ruo sign on the front door and stuck a gnome in the garden. The | Read More

Caught out by an urban time bomb

March 11, 2008,AEDT

Rural towns – even places like Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Kalgoorlie and Wadeye – are urban time bombs. Their fast-growing indigenous communities represent the biggest challenge facing policymakers in Canberra, Sydney and Darwin. They discovered that the influx of Aborigines into rural towns has been matched by an exodus of | Read More

Planning without the greed | The Australian

February 26, 2008,AEDT

BETH Morgan is the Britney Spears of the planning world.The former Wollongong City Council planning officer’s sad story of self-destruction will serve as a cautionary tale to men and women in town planning courses across the country. Hopefully, they don’t need the lesson. Their carefully structured undergraduate or postgraduate degrees | Read More

Traffic chaos tipped by 2020 :

February 25, 2008,AEDT

A 40 per cent increase in Perth traffic by 2020 predicted by the Federal Government could lead to chaos on the city’s roads, with congestion tipped to add an extra eight minutes to a 20km journey. The Federal Bureau of Transport and Regional Services said Perth would suffer the second-highest | Read More

Waterfront tanks starting to come down – NZ Herald

February 25, 2008,AEDT

Demolition of giant storage tanks is the first sign of progress in the largest waterfront development in the history of Auckland. The tanks have been used since the mid-1970s at the BP Lubricants Auckland production centre at Wynyard Pt, also known as the Tank Farm. Waterfront tanks starting to come | Read More

Queen Street upgrade in NZILA National Awards

February 25, 2008,AEDT

Queen Street upgrade in National Awards Auckland’s controversial Queen Street upgrade is up for a prestigious national design award. The multi-million dollar makeover of New Zealand’s busiest street is among a record number of entries competing for an award from the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA). A total | Read More

$39million for new international terminal in Wellington, NZ

February 19, 2008,AEDT

Wellington Airport’s new $39 million international passenger terminal has been designed to look like rocks, echoing its location on Wellington’s south coast. The building, designed by Wellington architects Studio Pacific Architecture, and Christchurch’s Warren and Mahoney, is the second stage of refurbishments and due to be finished by 2009. Read | Read More

Buy forests to help environment – Environment –

January 29, 2008,AEDT

AUSTRALIANS could buy a stake in the protection of endangered tropical forests under a groundbreaking scheme being devised by former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery. Professor Flannery — Australia’s most prominent environmental campaigner — wants to set up an internet-based carbon market with a pilot scheme to be run | Read More

Paradise or purgatory: Urban sprawl in spotlight

January 26, 2008,AEDT

A debate over city growth has emerged after a housing affordability survey released this week recommended freeing up more land for houses. Demographia‘s fourth annual survey found New Zealand houses more unaffordable than those in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Britain and Australia. Read more @ Paradise or purgatory: Urban | Read More

Developer’s vision is frightening, says mayor

January 22, 2008,AEDT

Auckland mayor John Banks has attacked a city developer and his plans for five apartment blocks on the water’s edge at Orakei. As resource consent hearings for the development started, Mr Banks took the unusual step of issuing a statement to the Herald criticising the proposal and developer Tony Gapes’ | Read More

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