Planning Melbourne: lessons for a sustainable city.

Planning Melbourne: lessons for a sustainable city. Michael Buxton, Robin Goodman, Susie Moloney.

Clayton South: CSIRO Publishing, 2016. Octavo, paperback, photographs, maps.

Over the past decade, Melbourne has had the fastest-growing population of any Australian capital city. It is expanding outward and upward with an estimated 1.6 million additional homes needed by 2050. With so much growth, planners and policymakers need to address current and emerging issues of amenity, function, productive capacity and social cohesion today. This book reflects on planning since the post-war era, but focuses in particular on the past two decades and the ways that key government policies and influential individuals and groups have shaped the city during this time. The book examines past debates and policies, the choices planners have faced and both the mistakes and sound decisions that have been made. Current issues are also addressed, including housing affordability, transport choices, protection of green areas and heritage and urban consolidation. If Melbourne's identity is to be shaped as a prospering, socially integrated and environmentally sustainable city, a new approach to governance and spatial planning is needed and this book provides a call to action.

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