looks pretty stale.
Like some of the plans for New York and Chicago in the late 1950s.
Iemma rebuffs Gehl criticisms, flags new ferry hub
An image from the Government's concept plan for East Darling Harbour. Barangaroo concept plan
Animation: See how the former Hungry Mile site would look.
Hungry Mile wasteland warning
April 17, 2008 - 11:53AM
Premier Morris Iemma has dismissed concerns from internationally respected Danish urban planner Jan Gehl that the Hungry Mile development at East Darling Harbour would be "fearsome at night" and a "wasteland" on weekends and public holidays.
The Premier also revealed he was considering locating a new ferry terminal hub, possibly as big as Circular Quay, at the southern end of the historic 22-hectare stevedoring site, which has been rebranded "Barangaroo".
"It will be one of the most magic spots in the world," said Mr Iemma, who today announced the development of the headland park would be brought forward by about two years.
The Government will provide about $150 million in forward funding for its development, which will begin in the financial year 2009/10.
A light rail system linking Barangaroo with the existing line near the Entertainment Centre was also under consideration, he said.
The Barangaroo development will eventually become a financial district where about 16,000 people work and 1500 live.
Professor Gehl, who was engaged by the City of Sydney council to advise it on how to make Sydney a people-friendly place, and who is helping New York revamp its public spaces, yesterday slammed the Barangaroo project.
A lack of nearby residents, a parkland too large for its own good and a location too difficult to reach, would make the area dangerous and deserted, he said.
"I've called it 'docklands' at one end and 'wastelands' at the other end," Professor Gehl told the Herald, referring to the "awful office tower area" at London's redeveloped Docklands.
"I don't believe it will be a success. It's against all we know about recreational patterns in the 21st century."
The amount of parkland should be retained, he said, but divided into smaller sections interspersed with low-rise residential development, restaurants and canals.
"I would love to call it Little Venice over there in the future."
He said the City of Sydney's vision of creating a large park at Darling Harbour, where there would be far greater residential and student activity, would work better than the current Barangaroo plans.
Mr Iemma said Professor Gehl was entitled to his views but Barangaroo would "be a place that people love and work and come here for enjoyment".
An international advertising campaign seeking expressions of interest for the first stage of the commercial and residential redevelopment of the site will kick off in the next few weeks. Expressions of interest will also be sought for the design of the park in the near future.
"Our goal is to find innovative companies to help us create one of the world's most environmentally sustainable precincts on prime waterfront land," Mr Iemma said.