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  1. Apr 2019
    1. Yup, three years later, I have the exact same problem still with my otherwise great Surface Book 1. This has made me distrust Microsoft hardware, and yes, windows machines as a whole. Especially as my previous Dell laptop was also unreliable in this regard. Such a shame, because otherwise it's a fantastic piece of kit.

    1. You've made this argument before, and I strongly disagree. Getting people to work closer to where they live reduces pressure on all transport corridors. If the City keeps growing, and growing, and growing, there will be no more room to build the infrastructure to support it. There's only so many lanes to a freeway, and so many tracks to a railway that you can build until it becomes completely unsustainable. To serve a dozen or so square kilometres (in a very linear shape like the current CBD, and lands south of it) would require just as many if not more tunnels to transport people in or out. The government can save billions, and billions of taxpayer dollars, if instead of having hundreds of trains per hour converging on the one place (in expensive tunnels), those funds and resources targeted key cross metropolitan connections, spreading the commuter load more evenly and efficiently to other CBD's with significant employment opportunities. Hypothetical: If a third of the trains from Campbelltown went to Penrith instead of the City because a significant population required the increased connections between the Western Sydney CBD's (Liverpool, Parramatta, Blacktown) for employment, then more trains can be used for City expresses to the new Airport, or to the Growth Centre. An evenly distributed commuter pattern can create opportunities for different levels of service and connectivity throughout the city. Obviously, new cross metropolitan transport links are necessary for the city to grow to support this kind of decentralisation, but the infrastructure is already largely there (or will be) for places like Parramatta, Chatswood, and Mac Park to be as well connected to surrounding areas as the inner city is. All of the satellite CBD's are already located on train lines that head to the City, so saying that the PT that services them will be lightly patronised ignores the fact that those lines would still serve commuters travelling to the main CBD. It's better to have comfortably full trains travelling throughout the city, than to have trains that can't let anyone else on because everyone needs to be at the same place at the same time. The City will always be the main CBD, but it needs room to breathe so that it doesn't buckle under its own pressure. A network of major and minor CBD's throughout the city can help relieve the congestion caused by a city that is extremely concentrated to one far edge of the metro area.

      Conversationing, mini CBDs to support a big CBD. City spatial structure.

    1. https://www.9news.com.au/national/60...b-32168ef9b440 A 60 Minutes investigation has revealed that Australia’s attempts to ethically recycle are falling short, causing harm offshore for our international “dumping ground.” Australia has earned the unfortunate title of one of the world’s most wasteful nations, and as our waste crisis worsened the importance of recycling was drilled into the nation. We were encouraged to reduce, reuse, recycle, in a desperate bid to clean up the country. But as 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett revealed, the reality is that much of the public’s efforts to recycle the huge amounts of plastic we consume are often a waste of time. 60 Minutes has tracked mixed plastic waste - the material assumed easiest to salvage and re-use - from the recycling bins of Australian suburbs to dozens of illegal processing sites in Malaysia, where our discarded plastics often end up being dumped, buried or even burned. It’s turned Malaysia into Australia’s dumping ground, with dire consequences including contamination of drinking water and air pollution. Despite so many Australians diligently separating plastics from their general waste and placing it in their recycling bins, very little reprocessing of mixed plastic is happening on home soil - with the exception of milk bottles and soft drink bottles which have a discrete market. Haydn Breheny, who runs a recycling business for industry waste in south-east Melbourne, revealed to 60 Minutes that when plastic arrives at his warehouse, if it can’t be sold to Asian markets then it can’t actually be recycled here in Australia and just ends up in the tip. “Morally, you want to do something for it,” he told Bartlett. “But if I can't get rid of it, what am I meant to do? Eat it myself?” For the last two decades, Australia’s recycling industry has been dependent on China – which had been taking a staggering 125,000 tonnes of our plastic waste every year, sorting it by hand with low labour costs and melting it down into new plastic products to be sold back to us and the rest of the world. But in January 2018 China effectively closed its doors, citing environmental concerns. The decision threw the world’s recycling industry into a tailspin as nations, including Australia, scoured the globe for new buyers. They found them in Southeast Asia, Malaysia in particular, where hundreds of Chinese operators quickly relocated to set up factories, often illegally. These dodgy businessmen then proceeded to buy as much foreign trash as they could get their hands on. Almost overnight Malaysia overtook China as the world’s largest importer of plastic rubbish. Australia alone has dumped more than 71,000 tonnes of it in just 12 months and it’s helping fuel a criminal underworld in plastic recycling, harming the environment and the people of Malaysia. Malaysia’s Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin has shut down no less than 150 illegal factories since July last year, but admits her country doesn’t have the resources to properly police the unlawful trade in plastic waste. “I want to send [plastic waste] all back to the counties of origin,” the Minister said. “And have to really ask you to solve your own problem.” Because of this, Malaysia has imposed harsher restrictions on imports and new permits. The Minister warned 60 Minutes it’s only the beginning – Malaysia’s doors will soon close on Australian rubbish for good. “I do not blame ordinary Australians,” she told Bartlett. “I think most of the people do not know this is happening. But, now we know that this is happening, we need the solution.”

      Australia needs to manage its own waste. This is an irresponsible and dumb practice.

    1. From an economic point of view, this must be one of the oddest projects in the world.. No net gain in floor space for a billion dollar plus privately funded project. This projects exists in one of the most individual economic circumstances in the world. That the CIty of Sydney was unwilling to bend their ridiculous morning Solar Access Plane into Macquarie Park and allow a new tower on Loftus St, leading to this ridiculous FSR swap and wasteful construction... Madness. City of Sydney is the *definition* of champagne socialists. They are too rich, and have too much control over *our* CBD, for a Sydney of 5 million people, not their 250,000 inner city residents.

      Naughty naughty.

    1. I mean look down at Sydney. They’ve shut down chunks of that city like a frozen laptop.”

      Yes! Best description ever.

    1. Incredibly complicated and expensive build, fitting within severe planning controls. It's too restrictive, the economics of the Sydney CBD must surely be singularly unique.

    1. Really loved this little instagram video from v_2_kay which shows a glimpse of how beautifully the glass walls of this skyscraper react to changing atmospheric conditions. This building will be a kinetic sculpture on Sydney Harbour and wonderful to watch in any conditions.

      Beautiful! Look at the link :)

    1. Have to agree had a walk around here recently and I'm not impressed by any of the buildings going up around the square. The FJMT tower and low rise buildings are a jumbled mess, pretty ugly actually. The Mirvac buildings are not much better. The library just looks like an entrance to a train station and makes no sense being underground with it's commercially clad fly tower or whatever it is? It's entrance is cramped with a cafe blocking access to the steps. Why build a grand space only for it to be cluttered? I just felt the place felt like no lesson's have been learnt. Hopefully some better designs will be constructed in Green squares evolution but it's certainly not an exercise in good city planning and the architecture is certainly not groundbreaking harmonious or pleasing on the eye.

      Largely agree. It's all very controlled, with a bit of decent archi. But it certainly doesn't feel 'real', tactile.. like there is any ownership. It belongs to ritzy people, ritzy gov, and ritzy gov-corporate relationships. Yerp.

    1. Hemmes lifts lid on project APRIL 03, 2019 Pub titan Justin Hemmes’s $1.5 billion redevelopment will dominate a Sydney city block, taking up to seven years to complete, with world-class local and international architects engaging in a design competition for the proposed five-star extravaganza. In his first interview on the yet-to-be-named project, the billionaire said he planned a 52,500sq m tower opposite Wynyard Station, amalgamating his Ivy party palace and adding a substantial office component, a luxury hotel and an opulent hospitality precinct.

      Awesome news. This MUST be rolled into Crossrail/West Metro planning works.

    1. Veridian Kogarah by cnd

      Good facade articulation to breakdown the mass of the building.

    2. Veridian Kogarah by cnd

      Is alrightish. I like the two-volume articulation.

    3. Andover Street Apartments, Carlton, Sydney by cnd

      Nice normal stuff.

    4. 'The Ritz'

      BAN dumb names. Just "123 Main Street" allowable.

    5. An artist impression of the Kogarah North Precinct wih Georges River Girls High School on the right.

      These sort of renders have a lot to answer for.


      Boo. Crossrail > West "Metro".


      This makes me laugh. Love it.


      NO. This is a perfect site for a future "River Metro" station. STOP STOP STOP.

    4. Burwood RSL. Ewww. I like that it has a theatre. But, like, style guide?

    1. City of Sydney. Should it have CBD planning powers? It's scope of interest is too limited for a metropolitan area as big as Sydney.

    1. The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) has turned NIMBY and will announce a nationwide ban on all skyscrapers taller than 500

      What difference will this make to the over-active Chinese real estate property bubble?

    2. Concept video

      The problems of modern urbanism. Urbanism for birds.