Sydney’s new strategic plan A Metropolis of Three Cities heralds a 40-year vision which looks towards a city of 8 million+ by 2056. With Sydney’s population growth nudging around 100,000 a year, policy settings have been firmly set towards growth-oriented, and growth-dependent, strategies for both the provision of new transport infrastructure and meeting housing supply targets. A key component of the investment is the promotion of higher density transit orientated development around metro stations, particularly in the context of the new NW, city and SW metro – with the first stage being built and operated by a consortium including Hong Kong’s MTR – through Sydney’s middle-ring suburbs by 2024. The value uplift model transposed onto this complex geography is predicated on the ‘hypertrophic’ reconfiguration (Gleeson, 2018) of existing urban form, with local displacement an inevitable side-effect. This seminar will engage with the contradictions typically underpinning policy templates for market-driven urban renewal, with arguments put forward for a need to recalibrate and reset both our civic settings and developers’ social licence to operate in managing the complexities of growth and change in Australia’s suburban centres. Alternative approaches – including locally driven processes and partnerships, owner-led and deliberative development, and incremental activities which mitigate the primacy of speculative activity – are explored in order to sharpen debate regarding why we renew, and for whom.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Simon Pinnegar is Associate Professor of City Planning and Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Sydney. His main teaching and research interests include strategic spatial planning, urban renewal and regeneration, and questions of fairness and equity in cities. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Director of the UNSW Planning Program and led the development and launch of the new Bachelor of City Planning (Hons) and Master of City Planning degrees. Simon is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Greater Sydney Commission and currently serves as overseas External Examiner for the Master of Urban Planning Program at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining UNSW in 2005, Dr Pinnegar was a senior researcher and analyst at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the UK.
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