Sydney’s newest master planned suburb

The Ponds is the newest 320 hectare development in Sydney master planned by CLOUSTON.  Touted as ‘A showcase for sustainable living’ with Community Facilities, Water Sustainable Urban Design, Open Spaces, Built form guidelines for housing that has features that is flexible and can accommodate young families, older residents and/or those with mobility impairment.

The landscape is an important part of development – Justine Kinch from Clouston Associates said: “The design intent was to maintain consistency across the entire parklands project with unique elements strategically placed to create a sense of place and assist with orientation.

Read more at Architecture & Design and Landcom

Redfern Park – creating a different playground experience

Redfern Park, Minto, Australia

Redfern Park is located in the suburb of Minto, 60 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD. Minto is an outer ring suburb currently undergoing a major urban renewal process as the result of changes to the State Governments public housing policy that is seeing the enclaves of the 1970’s being rebuilt as new socially diverse suburbs. The replanning of Minto has delivered a new subdivision layout, which has created an opportunity for several new parks. The parks are intended to foster and encourage social cohesion and identity for the newly reconfigured suburb by contributing to a strong local identity and creating a mix of opportunities for recreation and social interaction. JMDdesign are designing six new parks in the suburb.

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Fresh crops grow in Sydney CBD

The City of Sydney has planted over 30,000 plants as apart of City of Sydney’s ‘Live Green’ summer planting program. Exhibit Displays have been installed at ten locations across the city planted with corn, tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, sunflowers, lettuce and silver beet.

Lord Mayor of Sydney

“Often people who live and work in the CBD don’t get the chance to get up close to the process of growing fresh produce and these patches are a live example of how they can grow in pots and inner city conditions very successfully.

“Growing some of your own vegetables is a practical, cost effective and sustainable way to help reduce the carbon emissions, water and energy used to deliver food from growers to shoppers.”

The exhibits will be in place for six to ten weeks and the City will work with community gardeners to harvest and distribute the fresh produce.The plants will be donated to community gardens and schools for planting and growing when the display is over. Grown over the past five months, it took fifteen Citywide employees over eight days to install the displays across Sydney. The Live Green exhibits were created on behalf of the City of Sydney by open space provider Citywide.

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Mega Cities not always the biggest polluters

Mega-cities around the world such as New York, London, Los Angeles, Shanghai are often blamed for the high Green House Gas(GHG) emissions but a recent report released found that cities like Sydney(20.6), Calgary(17.7), Stuttgart(16.0), Denver (21.5), Rotterdam (29.8) CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita where far higher than some of the world’s mega-cities including Shanghai (11.7), Tokyo (4.89), Dehli (1.5), Mexico City (4.25), London (9.6) and New York (10.5) CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita. Although it could be seen that the overall city emissions are high however, when measuring  tCO2e per capita it gives a very different picture.

The report focused on the Canadian city of Toronto and the results were surprising across the city as an inner city resident could have an annual emissions as low as 1.3 tCO2e whereas someone in a sprawling outer suburb could have 13.02 tCO2e. The report has a series of aerial images including high-rise(1.31) to outer suburbia(13.02) with the annual emissions for the area which gives a great insight into urban design and consequent emissions.

Lowest emissions in the study where from apartment dwelling city residents using public transit as there main source of transport.

I recommend reading the report ‘Cities and greenhouse gas emissions: moving forward‘ (10 January 2011) – a free copy is available from Environment & Urbanization

NOTE: Values in brackets () are tonne CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita

McGregor Coxall Wins International Waterfront Design Honour Award for Ballast Point Park Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxall and the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

McGregor Coxall a leading Australian Urban Design and Landscape Architecture studio from Sydney was awarded the highest honour for their 2.5 hectare Ballast Point Park project in Birchgrove on Sydney Harbour. Director Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxalland the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

The Annual International Waterfront Centre Award was announced in Baltimore USA on the 5th of November at the Urban Waterfronts International Conference on Waterfront Planning, Development and Culture.  Benchmark waterfront projects from around the world including England, China, Canada and the USA were recognized for excellence.

The winning Ballast Point Park project, completed in 2009 is located on the former contaminated Caltex lubricant production facility site on the Birchgrove Peninsula in Sydney’s inner western harbour suburb of Balmain. Owned by Caltex from the 1920’s until 2002, the site has a rich history from aboriginal occupation, the privately owned gentleman’s residence ’Menevia’ of the 1860’s, to a quarry for ship ballast and finally an industrial lube oil facility.

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