It’s time to ‘think small’ about our cities

Residents of cities across Australia are regularly urged to ‘think big’. It’s become commonplace for State and local governments, often supported by business and development lobby groups, to issue major strategic plans and projects which are based on the concept that bigger is better. A bigger population, supported by bigger, denser and more buildings and…

Why Sirius should come down – ASAP

About 1,000 people today rallied to save the Sirius building in The Rocks – and I wasn’t one of them. My preference is that Sirius comes down – as soon as possible. Why do I hold this view? Well the first reason is because this is an ugly building, which is grossly out-of-character with its…

Do Sydneysiders act like noisy galahs?

A recent holiday to Japan had me thinking about Australian birds. Big, noisy birds such as cockatoos, kookaburras and crows. It also had me thinking about how little we value space in Sydney. And I will explain below why I was thinking about these things. I visited Tokyo with my family during September. While in…

Why is Sydney enjoying the high life?

There was a time when high-rise buildings were the natural enemy of community activists. They were practically seen as the devil’s spawn – local character-destroying intruders which were the work of supposedly money-hungry developers. However, the recent statistics shows that, surprisingly, there may be some common ground when it comes to high-rise buildings between your average…

Does rugby league help us plan Sydney?

THE sight of more than 16,000 fans crammed into a soggy and bedraggled Leichhardt Oval in early April confirmed that Sydney is essentially a tribal city. Despite an antiquated scoreboard, access via 19th century laneways and a lack of toilets – along with atrocious weather – they came in their droves to watch the home team…