The Australian Urban Design Research Centre has co-authored a report with the Australian Greens and the Property Council of Australia proposing that redevelopment of seven major urban transport corridors in Perth is an intelligent way to achieve residential infill targets. The corridors would include residential and activity centre precincts set amongst existing development.
The main premise of the report Transforming Perth: regenerating transport corridors as a network of high street precincts being that broad bands of suburban areas be left as is, rather than having uncoordinated higher density developments spread through them. Instead, there should be infilling of under-utilised areas that have direct access to better public transport infrastructure (or potential infrastructure) that is well connected to places of employment and facilities. The report contained case studies from cities such as London, Barcelona and Melbourne, known for exemplary implementation of infill design.
'If we can go down this pathway nearly 80 per cent of the infill targets would be met' said Joe Lenzo, executive director of the Property Council of Australia. 'We are hoping this report will inspire local governments and the community to think about what can be achieved.'
All three organisations argue that the establishment of an Integrated Design Commission in WA would lead to better outcomes for stakeholders and the general public (as it has in other states).
An industry breakfast launch for this joint study, hosted by the Property Council of Australia, will be held on 7 March at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Perth. AUDRC’s Dr Anthony Duckworth-Smith will be contributing to a panel discussion on design related matters of new housing.