New Project, chapter 2: Personal Housing.

The first hints of reds and purples brush the bellies on lazy clouds. All around, the call of bird sound their arrival home among the huge old trees that seem to go on forever. You, realising that the afternoon light will fail you before you will able to play out one last hole, decide to pack up the clubs and venture home. You smile however. From the green, you can see your home overlooking the course. Out on the veranda, you’re wife is already aware of your immediate return and has poured a glass of your favourite plonk. This, she has placed on the outdoor setting so that the two of you can watch the sunset; a the dance of colour that is played out unimpeded over the undulating “natural” landscape.

All of this and a handful of kilometres from the CBD!

We all want this image. We all want it so bad that the golf course is eventually sold, new plots are made and before you know it, we are all looking at the sunset over an undulating landscape of roof tiles and corrugated iron. The family a few houses down has a teenage son in a band who seemingly never ceases to make noise. Your neighbour is forever yelling at the mutt in his backyard which howls throughout the night. The short ride into work soon doubles – and then triples – as congestion becomes an increasing problem and public transport seems to fall short of the area’s increasing need. The place on the corner seems to age unnaturally rapid, to a point of dilapidation, which worries you immensely; how will this effect the price of your property?

For you with to move again. A new area has just opened up with picturesque sweeping landscapes…

As human population increases, as the energy needs per capita, as the number of vehicles per household increases, space and energy seem grow exponentially to population growth and coupled with the dream of settling in an unsettled (but nearby) place just isn’t practical.

Efficient planing must not only address energy, but also space requirements and how best to maintain our standard of living while reducing our physical space requirements.


Part one: Transport, is still open for discussion. Please feel free to add to the ideas and discussions on that chapter also. If you wish to know the basic outline or suggest new headings, please also feel free to do so on this post.

* Please feel to add comments, suggestions and feedback. If you have references, please provide them. The hope is that the above will serve as the first draft of an introduction to the chapter to which sub-chapters can be included. If you feel that a chosen chapter could be divided or approached differently, please don’t hesitate to suggest as much. At the end of the week, I plan to start to develop the chapter into something more formal, however, that doesn’t mean that the chapter is closed – so please feel free to continue to add to this post (keeping it relevant and not into broader debates) or to make suggestions on the separate page where I will post the more formal draft. This is not just my work, but a project open to anyone interested and I hope that others can also develop a sense of ownership for this open project 🙂


2 thoughts on “New Project, chapter 2: Personal Housing.

  1. I’ve been trying to think of something neat and concise about this one. Did you see The Advertiser’s article yesterday on comparing our so-called planning vision with Portland? (No, I’m not trying to advance the cause of this paper as an example of wonderful media.) Followed by the piece on ABC’s Stateline last night on the same subject.

    I had been thinking about Havana as an example of incorporating food production into the suburban landscape, but I still need to align with the transit stuff.


    1. I’ll have to look around for it. 🙂
      As I covered in the Innovation series and since, I’m pretty hooked on the TODs and PODs. I would love to see higher density living in multi-use metropolitan nodes surrounded by mixed use open spaces. Although I still have some hope for this series, I feel the timing might have been off..


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