For a Better Brisbane

Brisbane’s Fried Egg

Brisbane is a fried egg. At the centre is a very dense but compact CBD “yolk”. Surrounding it is extensive lower density housing reaching to the horizon’s edges. This is the “white”. The lengthy distances makes it a challenge to get workers into the CBD for work every morning.

Northern Brisbane from Mt Coot-tha. Click to enlarge

What is clear is that Brisbane isn’t “running out of space”. Space is there, but it is not being used to its full potential. A high density ‘ridge’ of residences extends from the Milton business precinct all around to The University of Queensland campus at St Lucia. These¬†denser suburbs may be a guide for how higher density might be incorporated into Brisbane.

Southern Brisbane. A large student population living near UQ campus and demand for riverfront residences has driven higher density. Click to enlarge

In the next post, we’ll look at how higher density incorporates into existing suburbs without upsetting the neighbours or towering structures.


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March 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

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