EVOLUTION: Mark Mitcheson-Low (left) and Paul Runaghan are tipping big changes in the way developers view tower developments. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Perth grows into vertical trend

Apartment towers are getting taller, but one of the city’s leading architecture firms says an authentic mix of uses is the next step in the maturation of Perth.


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Another idiot. Thank God the "vocal resident groups" exist to bring some common sense into this issue. They love their local area, pay the rates for its upkeep, know the traffic flow issues, clean up after the existing anti-social element and can see the deterioration of the large complexes which were built many years ago. South Perth has already done its bit for urban infill - as can be seen by congested roads, traffic delays, the suburb looking like a parking lot, untidy verges outside complexes, etc. Why should our quality of life be adversely affected so that overseas buyers can say "I own an apartment in that tower". This is a money grab by developers - nothing more and nothing less. The City of South Perth, through its ineptitude has opened a can of worms.

It's interesting that the only ones pushing for mega towers are developers or their associates who conflate good design and liveable housing with height! Those who live in communities and those who design healthy sustainable buildings will show you many examples around Australia where these tall towers mostly owned by overseas investors are becoming vertical ghettos. New developments should be aiming for quality - not trying to erect the biggest phallus!

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