Sydney urban model to undergo changes: USyd

Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Sydney urban model to undergo changes: USyd

The city of Sydney is expected to undergo a shift away from its current urban structure, according to a new University of Sydney study.

It could undergo a transition from a monocentric city, with sprawling suburbs radiating from one CBD, to a polycentric model — one marked by several sub-centres.

Led by Professor Mikhail Prokopenko, Director of the Complex Systems Research Group, using Greater Sydney Census data, the researchers found that the transition in urban structure was based largely on residential suburb attractiveness to residents, with populations potentially aggregating around existing major urban areas, notably Parramatta, Campbelltown, Penrith and Gosford.

The study categorised suburb attractiveness by both available services and size of the population, with incomes offset by rent. When deciding where to settle, people considered the utility of living in attractive suburbs as well as the cost of commuting to work.

Conversely, the study showed that transit times were less of an influencing factor on the changing residential model, despite lengthy commutes being a common complaint of Sydneysiders in recent years.

“The model showed that social cohesion is often more important to Sydney residents than transportation costs, and that changes in social attitudes can bring about more abrupt shifts in urban structure than changes in travel budget,” said Prokopenko.

According to Prokopenko, the transition of cities between different patterns of urban settlement has become a central problem in urban planning.

“Recently, the Greater Sydney Commission revealed a plan to transform Greater Sydney into a tripartite metropolitan area: a western parkland city, a central river city around greater Parramatta, and an eastern harbour city,” he said.

“Our study shows that a transition to such a tripartite urban structure is likely to be volatile and needs to be approached carefully.

“Nevertheless, urban planners informed by quantitative models may succeed in steering this transformation and exploiting the resultant gain in efficiency.”

The new study was published in Royal Society Open Science.

Image credit: © ANDRONOV

Please follow us and share on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe for FREE to our weekly newsletter and quarterly magazine.

Related News

Aerometrex picks up $1m in Qld contracts

Aerometrex has picked up $1m in contracts to provide imagery for the Queensland Government's...

DTA celebrates Digital Earth Australia's win at 2019 awards

At the Australian Government Digital Awards, Geoscience Australia received the 'Outstanding...

Newcastle launches 'Envirosensing' network

The City of Newcastle's new 'Envirosensing' sensor and IoT network will be used to...

  • All content Copyright © 2020 Westwick-Farrow Pty Ltd