- Hi All,
I thought this was pretty interesting:
Sydney 2050: high-rise and car-free
March 19, 2008 - 5:19PM
Jump off a whisper quiet tram, check on your hydroponic vegies and take an express lift up to your penthouse in a pencil-thin city skyscraper built in the middle of the street.
Sound like the Sydney you know and love?
Well this could be the everyday routine for Sydneysiders in 2050, according to a futuristic architectural vision of the city on display at Customs House in central Sydney.
The display, which opens on Wednesday night, showcases the visions of six emerging architectural teams from around Australia, and the results are confronting.
In 42 years time, Sydney will have lost its sprawling car-clogged suburban layout and taken on a car-free, high-rise, public transport focused configuration out of necessity, Sydney Futures Exhibition creative director Richard Francis-Jones says.
"It seems unlikely that Australia and other `advanced' nations will respond adequately to the challenge of carbon emissions reductions and therefore we will need to deal with the effects of climate change, temperature increases, rising water levels, flooding shortages, storms and damaging climatic events," Mr Francis-Jones said.
The architectural teams were asked to consider the possible consequences of climate change, social inequity, urbanisation, displacement and growth.
Most of the displays focus on Sydney's transport infrastructure and show the city moving away from its current obsession with the car.
Some of the submissions portray trams running through the existing major city arteries, shard-shaped towers erected on unused city streets and abandoned carpark's converted into green zones.
"Common to many submissions is a radical rethink of our current transport infrastructure away from the domination of the private automobile to more shared and sustainable systems," Mr Francis-Jones said.
The display critiques the suburb and advocates increasing densities and integrating ecological systems and landscapes.
"Many of these visions also speculate on the promises of new technologies, not only in terms of clean energy generation, sustainable systems and building advances but also in the very mechanisms of planning and political decision-making."
A submission by Tribe Studios depicts the Sydney CBD as a dense, pedestrian-friendly place where cars are banned, where light rail moves residents around and concrete carpark's are filled with flourishing hydroponic agriculture.
"It will be a truly 24-hour city, with a mix of commercial, retail, public and residential typologies," Hannah Tribe said.
Sydney Future Exhibition is on display at Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney from March 19 to April 13.
© 2008 AAP
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J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
- Hey, didn't know if people had seen this Greenpeace
campaign. It's not great, but they do allow you to
vote for "two wheels and pedals" as a good car, and
send a comment. Oddly, I couldn't find a link to it
on their website--just the very long link below that
someone sent me.
Debra Efroymson, Dhaka
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