News & Views

17
Mar
Sydney’s Third City to be Named Bradfield
The city to be developed on the doorstep of Sydney’s second airport at Badgery’s Creek will be named Bradfield in honour of the engineer who helped shape Sydney. Dubbed a new “hi-tech” city, the area spans more than 100ha and sits north of the existing suburb of Bringelly in western Sydney. NSW 0 Comments
12
Mar
Beta-Max, planning schemes & other outdated formats
Our planning system is a contemporary as the two-tone brown tracksuit I used rock on my paper round. (Don’t get me started on the defined term, Main Road.) Countless councils are pouring (wasting?) squillions of dollars into schemes to “activate” local centres like they’re David Copperfield. And office tenants are 0 Comments
08
Mar
The compact city – a crumbling consensus
The policy consensus promoting compact, centralised cities cannot be sustained in a world ravaged by Covid-19. The current pandemic is accelerating the move to dispersed urbanism. Beyond the direct impact of disrupted trade, travel, and consumption on the economic foundations of cities lies the cascading impact of changing work behaviours. 0 Comments
02
Mar
Superstar Cities Are in Trouble
As a general rule of human civilization, we’ve lived where we work. More than 90 percent of Americans drive to work, and their average commute is about 27 minutes. This tether between home and office is the basis of urban economics. But remote work weakens it; in many cases, it 0 Comments
25
Feb
HSBC To Slash Office Space By 43% As COVID Ushers In Hybrid Work (UK)
There is absolutely no way to avoid a great deal of pain coming to the commercial real estate market as companies dump or are planning to eliminate office space as the pandemic has changed the office’s role.  HSBC Holdings Plc is the latest company that will reduce its “real estate 0 Comments
25
Feb
Tech jobs are booming. Remote working is now a top demand for job hunters (from the UK)
More than 100,000 new tech jobs have been created in the UK since the start of the pandemic, but growing momentum behind remote working could mean a ‘dramatic’ scaling back of office space and tech hubs. Article from Tech Republic here 0 Comments
25
Feb
Real crisis hasn’t even begun yet (from Korea)
Problems caused by a brief downturn in the economy can be fixed when the economy bounces back. But it’s tougher to fix problems that result from structural changes.The average vacancy rate at office buildings in Tokyo’s five central wards rose to 4.82% last month. That rate was at 1.53% one 0 Comments
25
Feb
Remote Workers Wanted: Small Cities Offer Cash to Those Who Relocate
As the pandemic changes how — and where — professionals work, some smaller cities and regions are offering hefty relocation incentives to attract remote workers to help jumpstart their local economies. WSJ met one family who accepted an offer to make a new home in the Ozarks. Photo: Craig Kauffman 0 Comments
23
Feb
Boom time in the burbs as firms fall out of love with city centre
One of the first comprehensive surveys of how COVID-19 is likely to change workplaces in south-east Queensland found that 88 per cent of CBD-based firms are considering changes in their workplaces, including relocating, shrinking the amount of floor space they occupy or reconfiguring offices. Nearly one in five commercial tenants 0 Comments
22
Feb
Listen to ABC Radio’s Steve Austin interview
ABC Radio’s Steve Austin interviews the Suburban Alliance on how prospects for outer suburban regions like SEQ’s Moreton Bay (and the Mill project in particular) have been reshaped as a result of Covid. Interview starts at around 18m50s. Later in the program, Steve interviews the inimitable Bernard Salt on how 0 Comments