In my report I will be discussing the urban dynamics of Pyrmont, consisting of: Urban Decay, Factors for urban renewal such as; Technological factors, Demographic factors, Cultural factors, and other pull factors. I have also provided examples of urban decay and renewal with a picture. In addition i have wrote about urban colonisation, urban villages, spatial exclusion, the geography of Pyrmont, ABS statistics that is: The population of Pyrmont, Education, Ancestry and Birthplace of Parents, Occupation, Median Weekly Income. Furthermore I examine the future plans and sustainable development of Pyrmont through: Heritage buildings, Tree Master Plans, and Sustainable Sydney 2030
Urban Decay Urban decay is the deterioration of the urban environment. It occurs when infrastructures fall into disrepair because of a range of reasons such as large scale change in the economic structure of a city, or may reflect the socioeconomic status of the residents of the area. The buildings are left empty for long periods of time, and is most common in the least popular and cheapest areas of the city. The Doughnut effect was the biggest reason for Urban Decay in Pyrmont. Development occurs around the CBD of the city and then is surrounded by residential, industrial, and agriculture. Then the industry and jobs move to the suburbs (Campbelltown, etc) leaving disused land in Pyrmont and creates a hole of urban decay.
Factors for urban renewal
Enormous technological advances created the opportunity to break the association between the inner city and manufacturing warehousing. These included:
The development of major urban freeway networks
Cost reductions in short distance trucking operations
Changes in factory production (Technology)
Changes in family size affecting the need for room for the family. Pyrmont was to attract younger families. Also the age that people are getting married and having children has risen. From the average age of having children has increased from 24 years of age to 32 years of age in the last 3-4 decades. This was a big help for Pyrmont, this meaning they didn’t have to worry about space for larger families, they had at least till the age of 32 till the residents would move out looking for more land. The social change from women staying at home rearing the children to women joining the workforce and not being at home was a key factor in the renewal of Pyrmont, it had changed from catering for women to stay home, to the opportunity in welcoming women into the workforce bringing educated and eager women to Pyrmont.
Pyrmont changed its cultural life from spending time in the home to spending time elsewhere with their range of attractions such as: Pyrmont Point Park, Powerhouse Museum, Spas, Seafood schools, Galleries and markets. Domestic chores/duties were outsourced, people would eat out more, child care centers so that they weren’t done at home, informal activities at home to formal organised sports and cultural activities.
Other Pull Factors
Close to business / Shops
Close to entertainment (Theatre, races, concerts, opera, cinemas)
Prime example of Urban Decay and Renewal
These 19th century terrace houses and Farmers wool storehouses were converted to offices and apartments. Unit development in park landscape was abroad. Sydney and the NSW department of planning and development are trying to revitalise an old, superbly located part of inner Sydney. Most of these building heights varied from 4-12 storeys high, which was a negative factor because the government would prefer to build up to minimise land wastage but the buildings were kept the same on the outside for cultural reasons.
Pyrmont in 1994 had 5000 people living on its peninsular, This number blew up to 12000 by 2001 This is due to a government strategy called Urban