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  1. Apr 2019
    1. You've made this argument before, and I strongly disagree. Getting people to work closer to where they live reduces pressure on all transport corridors. If the City keeps growing, and growing, and growing, there will be no more room to build the infrastructure to support it. There's only so many lanes to a freeway, and so many tracks to a railway that you can build until it becomes completely unsustainable. To serve a dozen or so square kilometres (in a very linear shape like the current CBD, and lands south of it) would require just as many if not more tunnels to transport people in or out. The government can save billions, and billions of taxpayer dollars, if instead of having hundreds of trains per hour converging on the one place (in expensive tunnels), those funds and resources targeted key cross metropolitan connections, spreading the commuter load more evenly and efficiently to other CBD's with significant employment opportunities. Hypothetical: If a third of the trains from Campbelltown went to Penrith instead of the City because a significant population required the increased connections between the Western Sydney CBD's (Liverpool, Parramatta, Blacktown) for employment, then more trains can be used for City expresses to the new Airport, or to the Growth Centre. An evenly distributed commuter pattern can create opportunities for different levels of service and connectivity throughout the city. Obviously, new cross metropolitan transport links are necessary for the city to grow to support this kind of decentralisation, but the infrastructure is already largely there (or will be) for places like Parramatta, Chatswood, and Mac Park to be as well connected to surrounding areas as the inner city is. All of the satellite CBD's are already located on train lines that head to the City, so saying that the PT that services them will be lightly patronised ignores the fact that those lines would still serve commuters travelling to the main CBD. It's better to have comfortably full trains travelling throughout the city, than to have trains that can't let anyone else on because everyone needs to be at the same place at the same time. The City will always be the main CBD, but it needs room to breathe so that it doesn't buckle under its own pressure. A network of major and minor CBD's throughout the city can help relieve the congestion caused by a city that is extremely concentrated to one far edge of the metro area.

      Conversationing, mini CBDs to support a big CBD. City spatial structure.

    1. Have to agree had a walk around here recently and I'm not impressed by any of the buildings going up around the square. The FJMT tower and low rise buildings are a jumbled mess, pretty ugly actually. The Mirvac buildings are not much better. The library just looks like an entrance to a train station and makes no sense being underground with it's commercially clad fly tower or whatever it is? It's entrance is cramped with a cafe blocking access to the steps. Why build a grand space only for it to be cluttered? I just felt the place felt like no lesson's have been learnt. Hopefully some better designs will be constructed in Green squares evolution but it's certainly not an exercise in good city planning and the architecture is certainly not groundbreaking harmonious or pleasing on the eye.

      Largely agree. It's all very controlled, with a bit of decent archi. But it certainly doesn't feel 'real', tactile.. like there is any ownership. It belongs to ritzy people, ritzy gov, and ritzy gov-corporate relationships. Yerp.

    1. Veridian Kogarah by cnd

      Good facade articulation to breakdown the mass of the building.

    2. Veridian Kogarah by cnd

      Is alrightish. I like the two-volume articulation.

    3. Andover Street Apartments, Carlton, Sydney by cnd

      Nice normal stuff.

    4. 'The Ritz'

      BAN dumb names. Just "123 Main Street" allowable.

    5. An artist impression of the Kogarah North Precinct wih Georges River Girls High School on the right.

      These sort of renders have a lot to answer for.

  2. Aug 2018
    1. We want towns and cities in Slovakia to be towns and cities for the people. This concept, known abroad as SMART Cities, defines a new approach to the management (control) of towns based on four priorities, namely investment in human and social capital, investing in transport and communication infrastructure, smart management of natural resources and a participatory approach.
  3. Jun 2018
    1. The possibilities of this storytelling technique are demonstrated by its transference into real-life projects, such as the immersive model that his production company, 5D GlobalStudio, developed for Al Baydha, a Bedouin village in Saudi Arabia.

      In order for Alex McDowell to think of the asthetics of a possible future city, he had to use a reference project in saudi arabia. Offering options to make a rural community in a village in Saudi Arabia more efficient in different ways made it possible for him to create a (better) future Detroit.

  4. Jun 2017
  5. Oct 2016
  6. Oct 2015
    1. the ubiquity of aggression is an inevitable by-product of living in cities.

      ubiquity - n.

      the state or capacity of being everywhere, especially at the same time

      aggression is everywhere and its just something that comes with living in a city?

    1. Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel, And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card, Which is blank, is something he carries on his back, Which I am forbidden to see. I do not find The Hanged Man. Fear death by water. I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.

      The ‘Wheel’ represents the circle in which the whole world moves on. The process, how it seems to be presented by unreal cities is nothing but an illusion. Eliot shows that there is no progress, only change that nonetheless does not change anything. ‘Crowds of people, walking round in a ring’ alludes to ghostly figures created by an unreal city. For example in an industrialized world, in big cities, where people go to work every day and just follow the crowd. Cities, civilization and culture pretend to lead people somewhere and to make them move on. They think they have a destination. However, they do not move on, but stay in that circle. The ‘Wheel’ capitalized stands for a higher power that makes the system move. A wheel standing for a new invention and for progress does not apply in this context, because it is personified as God. The clairvoyante could therefore just stand for mankind’s predetermined destiny. The ‘one-eyed merchant’ stands for another aspect of an unreal city. In the modern world, due to the consequences of the industrialization, there is a big difference between rural and urban areas. Cities stand for agglomeration of people, capital and products. The ‘one-eyed merchant’ however, seems not to see the ‘whole thing’. He seems to be blinded by the illusion of the unreal cities and the modern world. This also refers to Eliot’s rejection of a modern world. In a city, people just follow the mainstream and believe in non-existing things, they are not alive and conscious, but just ghostly figures. Furthermore, the ‘one-eyed merchant’ carries something on his back, which the clairvoyante cannot see. It is a blank card. It seems like a burden for humanity that men must carry, especially the one-eyed merchant, as a representative of a ‘modern urban man’. If the clairvoyante cannot see it, it might contradict the fact that the future is pre-determined and hence the ‘Wheel’ can be interpreted differently. The blank card could mean that there is still a possibility to change the future and that people are able to act. The ‘Wheel’ itself is just turning around its center, but seen as a whole the ‘Wheel’ could be moving on.

    2. Shantih     shantih     shantih

      I found the translation "peace" for shantih, which could mean that there will be peace when the cities haven fallen down. When the 'frame of civilization' collapses, when mankind is closer to nature again, then there could be peace.

    3. O City city, I can sometimes hear Beside a public bar in Lower Thames Street, The pleasant whining of a mandoline And a clatter and a chatter from within Where fishmen lounge at noon: where the walls Of Magnus Martyr hold Inexplicable splendour of Ionian white and gold.
    4. Unreal City
    5. I think we are in rats’ alley
    6. alling towers Jerusalem Athens Alexandria Vienna London Unreal

      Tension because all these cities are real places yet he has paired them with the word 'unreal'

  7. Feb 2015
    1. I think a properly-designed city could eliminate 80% of daily living expenses while providing a quality of life far beyond what we experience today. And I think this future will have to happen because the only other alternative is an aggressive transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor by force of law. I don’t see that happening.

      It's strange how he sees this crazy-well-designed city happening but not a transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor.