Category: News

Developers create billion-dollar Penrith pipeline
Penrith CBD is on the cusp of change with the designs of two major council projects moving forward. Woods Bagot was this week announced as the winner of the council chambers’ design competition to revamp the current chambers at 129-131 Henry Street. Meanwhile, the winning design for a commercial building 0 Comments
The death of the American city: rising crime and a pandemic-inspired exodus are powering urban decay
Today’s urban promise is… vastly different [to the past] — not only in New York, but San Francisco and Los Angeles, London and Paris. No longer cities of aspiration, they are increasingly defined by an almost feudal hierarchy: the rich live well, protected by private security and served by local 0 Comments
$1.4 billion mixed use precinct for suburban South Yarra’s Jam Factory
Melbourne’s famous South Yarra Jam Factory will be redeveloped under a new partnership between Newmark Capital, Gurner and Qualitas. New plans include a mixed-use precinct that would reshape South Yarra and have an expected end value of about $1.4 billion. Plans include 20,000sq m of retail, 20,000sq m of commercial 0 Comments
$11 Million District Park & Community Facility – Archerfield Wetlands Parkland, Brisbane
Stunning new $11 million suburban park planned for Brisbane’s south side. A real community lifting initiative. All the details here. 0 Comments
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
Beta-Max, planning schemes & other outdated formats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
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
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
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
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