DLA’s Kirsty Smith will be chairing the Social Housing Reform Summit in Sydney on December 1st. Kirsty is a passionate advocate of housing affordability and DLA are excited at her opportunity to take part in this event.
The summit tackles the important issue of housing affordability and liveability and “provides innovative solutions for the future of social housing”. It aims to create a strong policy driven discussion around the ways different stakeholders can engage in formulating a response to population growth, housing provision and accessibility.
Speakers are from a multitude of sectors, including government, planning firms, housing services and community groups.
Full details can be found on their website.
DLA’s Mark Sheppard was recently commended for his recent publication ‘Essentials of Urban Design’.
‘Essentials of Urban Design’ was described as “impressive”, “practical” and “fundamental” by the PIA VIC Awards Panel.
The book, released in October 2015 explores the principles of urban design and enables both planners and the community to engage with its content. It further communicates how a respect and understanding of urban design can benefit planning professionals.
A copy of the commendation can be found here.
The implementation of David Lock Associates' Lara Town Centre Urban Design Framework was recently commended by the Planning Institute of Australia in the category ‘From Plan to Place’.
The City of Greater Geelong's Implementation Plan was applauded for its success in creating a “vibrant, active and pleasant destination”. The ambitious project, adopted by council in 2006, has resulted in the revitalisation of Lara Town Centre. The collaborative efforts of multiple stakeholders were central to driving the project’s success and delivering a better sense of community and place for Lara.
David Lock Associates congratulates the City of Greater Geelong in delivering the vision as set out in the UDF.
The awards ceremony, which can be found here, is an opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of planning across Victoria.
Source: SGS Economics and Planning Rental Affordability Index
By Kirsty Smith, Associate, David Lock Associates
This week has seen the release of the national Rental Affordability Index created in Partnership by National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics and Planning. The index confirms that there are more and more people stuck in a cycle of paying ever-increasing rents, with housing costs exceeding 30% of low income households' gross income.
David Lock Associates has recently made some changes at both our Sydney and Melbourne offices. We are pleased to announce the promotion of Kirsty Smith to associate in Sydney, and to announce the appointment of Jonathan Halaliku in Melbourne.
In the wake of Mark Sheppard’s recent post on the impact of the Victorian State Government’s recently released draft ‘Better Apartments’ design guidelines (and his recent successful industry presentation on behalf of VPELA on 7th September 2016, accessible here), DLA has provided a detailed submission to the design guidelines that acknowledges the need for the introduction of appropriate standards whilst recommending a number of amendments from a planning and design perspective.
By Mark Sheppard, Principal, David Lock Associates
Victoria’s draft new apartment design standards are out for consultation.
The first thing to say is that they have adopted a ResCode-style format—the intention is that they will form part of the Particular Provisions, and have objectives that must be met and discretionary standards. In other words, if you meet the standard, you pass. But if you want to put forward an alternative design response, you can.
This continues Victoria’s preference for performance-based planning provisions, which provide not only the certainty of ‘deemed-to-satisfy’ provisions, but also the flexibility of allowing innovative or contextual responses where appropriate. The objectives haven’t been expressly spelt out in the draft, although we can assume it will be a rewording of the purposes at the beginning of each standard.
Image source: Tom Loudon @ Flickr
By Amruta Purohit and Kathryn Cuddihy
Transport projects shape the future urban form of cities. The Victorian Government recently allocated $2.4 billion in the 2015-16 Budget to remove 50 of the most dangerous level crossings from the Melbourne network. While the primary aim of any transport project should be the focus on creating benefits for all community members, does this current series of projects go far enough?
Mark Sheppard recently joined a panel of industry experts at a VPELA event, 'Central City Built Form Controls - innovation or consternation?'
Image source: SMH
NSW Premier Mike Baird and the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced 19 new councils in NSW which commenced 12 May 2016. The Minister has indicated his in principle support to create a further nine new councils, subject to the decision of the courts.
PIA Congress 2016 has come and gone. The theme of this year's Congress was to inspire, innovate and implement - how our ideas and thoughts can be transformed to reality and implemented.
Image Source: Dezeen
High density living is increasingly becoming the norm for the millions of people that want to live in our global cities. People assume that they must give up their connection to nature in order to live in central locations within our cities. However, given the increase in the amount of high rise residential apartments, designers are starting to shift towards locating high density development in locations adjacent to parklands and open spaces and are including tree planting within high density residential developments in city centres creating the “Vertical Forest”.
Image source: Jane's Walk
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist best known for her writing on cities. Her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) modernised city planning and architecture. Her vision and focus on 'ten big ideas' provided a guide for planners to create diverse and vibrant cities.
Image source: Hassan.hote@flickr (creative commons)
Unplanned cities and urbanisation is one of the greatest challenges facing developing countries, resulting in “slums, sprawl, housing and infrastructure shortages, and social segregation”, according to the United Nations.
This leads to cities that are unsustainable, prone to exclusion and unfit for purpose.
Mark Sheppard wrote a series of articles on the A-Z of Urban Design (and their misuse). We have compiled the articles into a guide that covers everything from active frontages to character and zero setbacks.
To view a copy of the guide, click here.