Something Sydney can teach us – Design Competitions as part of the planning permit !

I think I’m right to be jealous of the @cityofsydney’s mandatory design competition process for large projects (policy here) – look at all these lovely projects, all that brick and timber, and nicely scaled public space – ok they need the spaces more than we go what with the narrow streets in the CBD, but our version is some sops in a mostly interior walk-through, but even that happens rarely. The towers too are better scaled since they’ve had tight #plotratio and height limits since the 90s whereas ours went out the window in ‘99, only just clawed back (bit still v generous). The @cityofmelbourne has just approved a suite if design guidelines to improve the public realm, well done @andy_fergus !, but if only we’d had it 15 years ago ☹️ not to mention some density controls. At least the next 20 years will be almost alright !

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