Thursday, 21st February 2019
5.00-6.30pm, followed by discussion over refreshments
Clyde & Co., Level 15, 333 George Street, Sydney
Sydney’s building boom of the last three years has been very obvious, particularly the rash of apartment buildings between the CBD and the airport. This and its somewhat lesser counterparts elsewhere have reduced Australian house ownership from 70 to 60 per cent of residences in not much more than ten years. While some regard the replacement and ultimate demise of the quarter-acre block as inevitable in the need for space and transport efficiency, others are less sanguine as comfortable suburbia is threatened by strips or clumps of high-rise, as along the Pacific Highway on the North Shore. The speakers will expose these developments and differences.
Dr Bob Solomon
Dr Tony Recsei
“The downside of density”
Dr Tony Recsei, will speak on “The downside of density”. He is President of the non-profit Save Our Suburbs community group, a regular public commentator here and abroad on planning policies and a longtime AIUS contributor. Tony will discuss the claims made for planning policies favouring high densities, which are generating public concern and political debate as a NSW election looms.
He will examine the Greater Sydney Commission’s three-city concept and will consider the economic implications of current planning strategies compared with those of other jurisdictions.
James Hansen’s theme is “Density matters”. He is Infrastructure Advisory and Contestability Manager at Deloitte Western Sydney. Representative of a new generation of city planners, James comes to the ever-expanding field of urban development from a background of information technology, public policy and strategic management.James acknowledges that the rapid pace of urban growth is pressuring communities and lifestyles, challenging accepted norms. He will explore the relationships between density, productivity, equity and affordability in Sydney, drawing on insights from a range of data analysis and practical observations. He will also explore how density and urban investment are essential to community development and prosperity.
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