Urban Futures Competition winners from 2012.
First prize, 2012
Robert’s entry focuses on car based ‘big box’ supermarkets. He argues that they encourage car use, inhibit pedestrian access, and present poor urban design outcomes with large blank walls and masses of car park.
Robert highlights the need for better planning and urban design to produce more accessible, connected and vibrant retail facilities in urban areas. Suggestions include ensuring active street frontages; better landscaping and urban design; a focus on creating pedestrian friendly (rather than car friendly) environments; and replacing large existing car parks with medium density housing and underground car parks.
Second prize, 2012
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Robert highlights the challenging tensions in consolidating cities. He recognises the important environmental outcomes of higher density transit oriented development; whilst also highlighting local area amenity impacts of increased density.
Robert proposes solutions to better accommodate increased density in existing urban areas, including congestion charges in the CBD and inner city to reduce car ownership and use; and better building design to reduce the impact of overlooking and noise.
Third prize, 2012
Fiona examines the implications of continued low density expansion on the fringes of cities. She highlights several negative consequences, including social isolation and disconnection, limited job opportunities, poor public transport and increased car dependency.
Fiona argues that these growth areas lack access to the resources and infrastructure associated with the CBD and inner city areas. Fiona suggest that strategic planning efforts should work towards creating dedicated ‘CBD like’ centres in the suburbs to better serve growth areas and reduce the strain on the CBD.