A combined analysis from Joe Rowling of Allen Jack + Cottier and Steve Pearse of dwp|suters demonstrates how large centres such as Sydney can accommodate up to 100 new towers in stages over a 50 year period.

The proposition has been modelled on a map of Sydney (below) and shows 5,000 extra apartments around railway stations and transport nodes.

The analysis follows after The Urban Taskforce called on the guidance of Rowling and Pearse to assess the possible distribution of tall, medium and lower towers to a range of centres across metropolitan Sydney. The organisation says that Sydney needs 1.66 million extra or double the number of existing homes in the next 50 years and that the proposal from the architects should be a priority measure for achieving this.

5,000 new towers at railway stations can provide a third of Sydney’s housing over 50 years says Urban Taskforce. Click below to enlarge and see the suburbs in more detail.

The architects envisioned clutters of towers around transport hubs, below are proposed towers near Blacktown (left), Liverpool (right) and Parramatta (bottom). CLICK TO ENLARGE.

From Joe Rowling, Allen Jack + Cottier:

“The typical outcome of transit oriented developed should not be seen as a final outcome, with density focused around nominal station walking catchments.

Instead this should be a first stage with new density strategically located as transit enabling development, opening up new links, and building on the particular characterises of place.

This approach allows local government to leverage of the benefits that urban renewal brings while creating a more varied urban morphology with civic benefits realised beyond the notional transit catchments.

While the growth of Sydney offers many challenges, it must also be a spur for the design and development community to innovate and push traditional boundaries.”

From Steve Pearse, dwp|suters:

“The increasing density of our city is a reality and should be seen as an opportunity for us to create quality communities by sharing space and resources through an integrated public infrastructure and a sustainable public realm focussed on rail corridors.

Rather than a purely reactive approach we believe we have the chance to start a far reaching dialogue with our community. This dialogue can test the limitations which will arise, tease out the many opportunities which best suit and make for a better city in which to live. New models of work, relaxing, retail, making, growing and energy production are developing and challenging past structures and systems.

This study is the first step in understanding what growth may really mean for us and our city.”

Images: Urban Taskforce.