This Fairfax video link is promotion masquerading as information. Nonetheless it is worth a look if only for the theatrical performance of garden wall guru Patrick Blanc. The topic is the Central Park development in Sydney – the Atelier Jean Nouvel building in particular.
Things are not going well for the architects (Philip Thalis, Paul Berkemeier and Jane Irwin) who won the East Darling Harbour / Barangaroo competition 3 years ago, beating a hundred and something other entries . They complain of being sidelined as the government has sought to increase office space on the site by a third (it has already been increased once), and allow a single developer to take control. Philip Thalis:
06.08.08 in urban-planning
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A panel of holidaying experts ponder what the blinkers to do with Sydney. Jan Gehl’s pricey 10 months-in-the-making report seems to have left locals a little down. They don’t seem to hate The Toaster as much as they used to, but they’d really like to blast the Cahill Expressway out of Circular Quay. DJ Adam Spencer would like to see Pitt St and King St become cycling streets, “the cars would just deal with it. Initial complaints from business would be allayed when they realised that trade boomed.” Hmm I think they tried that with Swanston “Walk” in Melbourne, not a great success. They also think the public transport’s crap and that cars are killing the city.
03.01.08 in urban-planning