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Here's my observation:

Overall Architecture Trend

Over the last two years, Sydney's quality of architecture both in metro and in the city has improved, no doubt. But there are doubts on the extent of the improvements. New apartment blocks has emerged in Burwood, Aurburn, Strathfield, Chatswood and Victoria Park.

I am quite stunned to see quality of apartments in places such as Rhodes Waterside, Auburn, Victoria Park and Chatswood. No more commie block style architecture with small windows and balconies showing resident's laundries. Now, larger windows and balconies with trendy works of design. To be honest, constructions in metro do look more trendy and modern than the city ones. I dunno, but i find that the ones in Sydney city look a bit unoriginal and out of touch with the modern architecture trend.

That doesn't mean there aren't places in metro that aren't 'modernising'. Hornsby/Waitara looks backward and Maquarie Park district's trend looks as if the designs have stagnated. Hornsby blocks looks so similar and doesn't have much height variations. Yes, they have big slide-doors but the brick prints are visable...which i seriously hate. The least they could do is to cover the bricks with concrete and paint them. Meh...its Meriton we're talking about.

Areas of interest:

There are three areas which are of interest of me within this construction cycle (metro).
1. Victoria Park/Moore Park area
2. Rhodes Waterside
3. Chatswood

I included Chatswood because of the massive interchange project which is under way. Pedestrian bridge is in use and the main arcade inside the interchange has been closed down.

Areas of concern:

I seriously would like to see Epping be be the next Chatswood. Recently the resident has unanimously said NO to park metering on Parramatta side of Epping. They're concerned that parking meters will deter people to shop around the retail strips and would altimately force drivers to park in front of residential buildings. I like to see a complete political map overhawl of Epping... It is uncommon to hear/see Parramatta Council discusssing issues with Hornsby Council in regards to the future of Epping. The genesis project (10 storey retail/apartment block) took 4 years to get approval from both councils. Epping is pretty much a conservative area full of family oriented values and ideas. Back to architecture, yes Epping should be like Chatswood. 20 to 30 storey apartments/offices along the major roads such as Beacroft Rd and Carlingford Rd.

In the overall scheme of things I think in order to increase supply to meet eh excess of demand (immigration), there needs to be a solidary densification. Build up instead of across. Districts between Mascot and City should continue to densifty aggressively in order to support lifestyle close proximity to services. Maquarie Park should expand and also Parramatta. There are areas, however that shouldn't expand. Strathfield is one... it is regarded as a Bulleve Hill of the Inner West. Preservation and conservation of the federation homes and alike should be continued and be fiercely regulated. Glebe should also be closely watched of not destroying terraces. There shouldn't be major development along Northern Beaches nor around Gordon/St Ives area.

Post your thoughts here:

1. Overall Sydney architecture trend
2. Areas of interest in Sydney
3. Areas of concern in Sydney
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