Adaptive re-use of CBD shop-top spaces
The editor of The Business Gazette commissioned a series of articles on business + sustainability.
In this article I investigate the benefits to the CBD of the ‘adaptive reuse’ of shop-top spaces. The interest in this idea began when a colleague observed the number of unoccupied spaces above ground floor shops. He was concerned as to why they hadn’t been turned into habitable spaces, to counter, in this case, Launceston’s ugly and unnecessary urban sprawl. This article lays out the pros and cons of such a venture.
Trees instead of traffic: an argument for business benefits
In this article, I make the case for the social, environmental, economic and aesthetic benefits of removing high-density traffic from CBDs and replacing it with avenues of trees, such as that envisaged by the City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy.