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Pittwater Council are in very good company with 19 other NSW Councils to join the international charter for walking in 2014. We look forward to many future projects that prioritise the pedestrian and create places and spaces that promote incidental social interaction by way of walking. Congratulations and now lets turn the good intent into reality.

A fantastic project deigned for the journey of people, rather than the constraints of the motor car. There are many components of this project worth considering here in Australia.

This greenfield planning process is the first of its kind in NSW. As part of Sydney’s North West Growth Centre, Ingleside Investigation Area will accommodate an unspecified proportion of the new 3,700 homes required by 2031. A unique partnership between NSW State Planning, Pittwater Council & The Local Community.

Utilising active input from the local community, the project control group will aim to deliver an integrated – mixed use community, based on evidence based reporting without rigid preconceived outcomes.

As part of the reference group Conrad Grayson will represent the interest of the Pittwater Community for the 2 year planning process.

Ingleside Land Release

The Following Groups make up the reference group:

+ NSW Planning & Infrastructure

+ Pittwater Council

+ UrbanGrowth NSW

+ Climate Action Pittwater

+ Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

+ Warriewood Valley Residents Association

+ Church Point Residents Association

+ Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

+ Wirreanda Valley Residents Association

+ Galstaun College

+ Wilga Wilson Residents Association

+ Bayview Heights Estate Owners Group

+ Bayview & Ingleside Residents Association

+ Elanora Heights Residents Association

+ Sydney Conference Training Session

+ Katandra Bushland Sanctuary

+ Pittwater Resident Representatives x 2

 

Calibrated for use in the United States this very useful design tool, allows the general public to engage with Urban Designers and Town Planners in shaping their urban environments.

 Streetmix.net

Streetmix.net

Pages from White-Paper-full-document

After recently reviewing the NSW Planning white paper,  it struck me how many times the words economic viability or economic feasibility were mentioned and how little mention there were of other contemporary planning terms, that relate to social and environmental considerations such as Urban Design, Liveability and Natural Resources. So I conducted a subjective word count to discover the following interesting facts:

The white paper ‘word count’ presented the following results:

economic – 82

natural resources – 7

urban design – 1

liveability – 1

landscape – 4

neighbourhood – 13

heritage – 14

streetscape – 1

architecture – 0

engineering – 1

fire – 110

flood – 9

accessibility – 12

seniors /retirement living – 1

There is no doubt that this document is a big body of work which covers a lot of ground and considers many of the complex components which need to be addressed, in order to have a planning system that resembles some sort of orchestrated process. However if this state is still pursuing sustainable development, then the social and environmental considerations need to be factored in equally with the economic considerations. If we are talking about balance, then the white paper has a long way to go.

New research by the university of Western Sydney, focusing on older adults, show the positive link between green space and wellbeing. With more wide spread research relating to liveability, we are now able to make evidence based planning decisions. We have a long way to catchup in quantifying green capital, but one day we will have the tools to be able to apply an economic value (per square meter) on our urban landscape.

There is more to mulch than meets the eye. Specifying the right mulch for your project contributes to the additional 40% improved performance of your garden. The ability for your plants to thrive is not merely trial and error, but a careful assembly of components, that together form an optimum environment for plant growth. This is particularly important when constructing gardens in confined spaces or spaces that are surrounded with concrete and building structure, where the environmental stresses on a plant can be amplified. Careful consideration should be given when trying to design high performance gardens such as Sensory or Memory Gardens where the success is measured by the level of stimulation to the visitor. Traditional 5 senses; sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Refer to the following article from Ozbreed. Mulch – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Jody Summers of Sym Studio was recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald article, ‘A keen sense of place’ talking about the role of placemakers and growing understanding of the profession.

Jody Summers, “came to place making 10 years ago from landscape architecture and urban design. Her interest developed while working in the US – she says she felt there was “something missing” from the process of building communities.” Jody Summers, 2013

Click below to read the full article and learn more about careers in place making.

A keen sense of place’, featuring Jody Summers

Jody Summers is the National Place Making Manager at the diversified property group, Stockland Corporation Limited and the Creative Coordinator for a small design company, Sym Studio Pty Limited. With a design degree of Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia, Canada and associated New South Wales University, Jody has specialised in Visioning and Place Making services for 15 years including 9 years in management roles and 4 years in property development. She excels at facilitating creative processes and environmental & community development initiatives in diversified property and business development arenas with award winning outcomes.

“Place Making is a collaborative process that reveals and responds to the genius loci – sense of place, that gives each project the potential to be truly unique as well as authentic to its location and community. These points of difference facilitate innovative thinking and inform the identity and principles in shaping its future.” Jody Summers 2013

Jody Summers recent interview by Place Leaders Association. 

Jody Summers is the National Place Making Manager at the diversified property group, Stockland Corporation Limited and the Creative Coordinator for a small design company, Sym Studio Pty Limited. With a design degree of Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia, Canada and associated New South Wales University, Jody has specialised in Visioning and Place Making services for 15 years including 9 years in management roles and 4 years in property development. She excels at facilitating creative processes and environmental & community development initiatives in diversified property and business development arenas with award winning outcomes.

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Sym. Studio has been selected by Warringah Council to complete renewal works for Dee Why Foreshore. The project requires Sym. Studio to lead a team of sub consultants to upgrade and renew various assets along the prominent coastal foreshore.






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