Planning and Building Down Under: New Settlement Strategy by Harry Seidler

By Harry Seidler

Across the world popular architect Harry Seidler discusses the goals rising from the United international locations Habitat convention as they relate either virtually and theoretically to significant metropolitan and nearby development centres he has built in Australia. Seidler's making plans designs emphasize the 'cohesion of the complete' -- harmonizing development varieties and landscapes with the age-old idea of pedestrian city centres.

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Required set-backs from 16 HARRY SEIDLER boundaries to the face of a rectangular building are measured to the average point of a curved building facade. The maximum rectangular tower plan area of 120 ft. x 100 ft. (12,000 sq. ) allowed by the regulations was thus extended to a I34/7" diameter with 14,225 sq. ft. of plan area; this coincided with the limit of twenty-five per cent of the site area. Both buildings have open ground floors, with arcades surrounding the entrance lobbies. As a consequence, most of the site becomes public open space interrupted only by entrances and stairs to the buildings.

X 100 ft. (12,000 sq. ) allowed by the regulations was thus extended to a I34/7" diameter with 14,225 sq. ft. of plan area; this coincided with the limit of twenty-five per cent of the site area. Both buildings have open ground floors, with arcades surrounding the entrance lobbies. As a consequence, most of the site becomes public open space interrupted only by entrances and stairs to the buildings. This newly gained openness in the busiest part of the city is developed as plaza areas open to the sky on two levels because of the slope of the ground.

Being coupled with planning for separated traffic and landscaped pedestrian precincts makes these visions a far cry from the realities of high buildings imposed on nineteenth-century street patterns. The usual unrealistic remedy suggested is a drastic reduction in floor space indexes, which is invariably resisted and defeated by property owners. It remains to solve the problems of existing high development factors for which tall buildings are preferable, covering only a portion of their sites, compared to those that cover the whole of their areas with resulting inevitable congestion.

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