HomeThe Only Way Is Up: The Growth Of High-Rise Residential

The Only Way Is Up: The Growth Of High-Rise Residential

Formal CPD Event
1 Formal CPD Hour
6:00 pm Registration
All proceeds from Administration Fees will be donated to Architects Without Frontiers


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Chris Johnson – Chief Executive Officer – Urban Task force

6:30 pm – Chris Johnson
The Growth Of High-Rise Residential

Sydney is expected to grow from 5 million to 8 million people by 2056 so where will they be located. There are essentially three options. One is to continue a low rise suburban spread across Sydney’s national parks which is a bad move, another is to spread terrace houses and medium density across all of the suburbs but communities have already rejected this. The best option is to focus high rise residential around railway stations. This will make people healthier as they walk more, they will become more cosmopolitan as they connect with their urban environment and the cost of homes and of servicing these homes will be less. High-rise apartments are therefore better socially, environmentally and economically.


      Jacquie Parker- Director – Urbis

7:00 pm – Jacquie Parker

Sydney is experiencing significant growth pressure to house an additional 3 million people by 2056. We need more accommodation. What’s all the fuss about? Why can’t we just get on and make it happen?

The principles of higher density living appear to support housing affordability, convenience, housing choice and transport accessibility. However local and state governments responsible for housing delivery are experiencing more push back from communities than ever before about the rate and extent of change occurring in their suburbs. Recently, significant planning initiatives led by the State Government have been shelved. Announcements on growth precincts are delayed. Local councils are refusing to consider residential rezonings. The media is running headlines stating ‘Sydney is Full’. How do we move through this apparent stalemate to encourage the creation of great buildings, places and communities in which people choose to live?






Simon Parsons –               Executive Director – PTW Architects

7:30 pm – Simon Parsons
New Forms of High Rise Living in Sydney


Sydney is in the midst of a profound change from a city predominantly based on suburban lifestyle and suburban values to one more focused around medium to high density living. This change is being driven by a variety of factors: overseas investment; influx of people more accustomed to this type of lifestyle and expecting the same within Sydney; major new infrastructure providing access to sites previously considered too remote from the city; affordability and the shift of industry away from areas in proximity to the city releasing large sites well located for development. A great high-rise lifestyle is achieved through the combination of well-designed homes and the provision of amenities both within and around these developments. Access to parks, libraries and retail is as important as a well-designed apartment.  The amenities of the home once found wholly within the suburban block, now extend into the shared communal and public spaces.


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