Published 9 June 2007
A Sydney university lecturer & his students have produced an eco-city design for an inner-city area which, in a 2000 master plan, was intended to be host to large ships.
Dr Rafael Pizarro, lecturer in sustainable urban planning at Sydney University’s architecture faculty, unveiled the prototype for the eco-city for White Bay, back of Balmain & Glebe Island.
The Sydney Ports Authority formulated its master plan for the area in 2000, as a largescale shipping & port facility, including a cement terminal. Redesigns were a local issue in the New South Wales state election campaign this year.
Dr Pizarro and his team of 20 4th/5th-year students came up with a design which features “mid- to high-density, mixed-use (residential, retail, commercial, office space) solar districts, light industrial development, food & energy production precincts, institutional & recreational areas, a working harbour, and stormwater run-off & effluent water onsite recycling & treatment.
“It also has an internal public-transit & freight transportation network and special roadways for public GPS-guided stackable mini-cars. This 80ha, 15,000-people (22,000 at peak times) fully pedestrian, transit-oriented eco-city is conceived as an urban design & planning strategy to mitigate global warming in the Sydney metropolitan region.”
Websites: Balmain Rozelle community website
Attribution: Balmain Rozelle website, Sydney University, story written by Bob Dey for this website.