'Plan Melbourne' - Swimming in a sea of sprawl
Library of Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Tuesday, June 19th 2018 at 5pm
Library of Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Tuesday, June 19th 2018 at 5pm, lecture in English, free of charge
Ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world for housing, residential prices in Melbourne Australia long ago exceeded the average worker’s reasonable capacity to buy, yet households continue to pursue the ‘Australian Dream’ of home ownership. For decades, low-density urban expansion has been seen as the solution to improve housing affordability by increasing supply. Paradoxically, despite the predictably detrimental effects to Melbourne’s social and physical landscapes, prices continue to spiral upwards while affordability declines. Recently, a new trend has emerged: residential skyscrapers filled with hundreds of apartments, often built by and sold to foreign investors. The city and selected suburbs are now being transformed into densely-packed ghettos of ‘vertical sprawl’ swimming in a sea of ‘horizontal sprawl’. And still prices rise…
With its population predicted to exceed 7 million in the next 30 years, Melbourne must decide which model to follow: Los Angeles, New York … or both?
Six years after her first talk at UIRS, Roberta Esbitt, Architect, Property Developer and Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, returns to discuss the dramatic changes of the past decade and speculate on the future of the city.
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