01 November 2011
International Cities and Towns Conference; Hobart
I attended the above conference last week and attended some interesting presentations-all I thought would be relevant to the Unley context although this wasn't always the case. Topics included;
Life between Buildings; presented by Gehl Architects that are also working with the City of Unley.
Why Bigger isn't Better-the case for smaller houses; an interesting presentation supporting smaller houses with good function by using better design principals. I haven't seen much evidence of this trend yet when reading the Development Assessment Panel Agendas.
Smoke Free Public Places; A Healthy Change for Local Government; clearly their is a trend toward this and some cities like Hobart have simply banned smoking altogether in outdoor dining areas and parks.
Yeerongpilly TOD; A Transport Orientated Development is what is proposed for Keswick Barracks should the army cease to want to occupy the site.
The Universal Mobility Index: A tool to measure accessibility for the disabled to the built environment. This is particularly relevant as the Council have just written their Access for All Policy.
Carbon Neutrality China Style; this presentation was fascinating, the designed city unbelievable.
From Conventional Street to Naked Street; the case for removing the ever increasing signs, traffic lights and directions in our streets.
Business Improvement Districts; Unley already is doing this well.
The Use of Expert Design Panels; this is one I have already discussed with staff. I would like a design panel selected to offer improvements possible for new buildings, in particular the proposed multi- storey developments for Greenhill Rd and Unley Rd.
Possibilities:Local Government and Affordable Housing
Car Parking Management; are we ready to put parking meters in the streets near Greenhill Rd?
Integrated Vertical Villages for the Elderly; there are already three of these approved for Unley (one built). Will they work and who will choose to live in these developments?
Why Quality Greenspace Matters; the case for activation of our parks. I have some ideas to activate the Memorial Gardens that I hope will come to fruition.
For those of you who are regular readers of this blog many of these topics will come as no surprise. I welcome your input and discussion.