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MUDD 21 - City Visions II

Bathurst Street Cross Axis Introduction

Before project sites were proposed, a detailed analysis was undertaken to evaluate the development potential surrounding Town Hall in the CBD. The team carefully examined the transport network that runs throughout the CBD; when evaluating the existing context along with proposed projects, it became clear that Town Hall lies at a critical juncture between Metro, rail, light rail, taxis, and pedestrian movement. By evaluating allowable densities against existing density, the team highlighted sites that could be moved forward for future development. In addition, precedents such as Broadway in NYC were studied; like George Street, Broadway is a major avenue that runs the length of the city. Unlike George Street, it contains only four vehicular lanes and instead focuses on pedestrian amenity on the footpaths. George Street’s upcoming pedestrianisation will create a transformation of this scale.

Students then completed a shadow study to assess sun access in winter. If the entire site is developed to capacity, this will significantly block sunlight throughout the day. Therefore, building heights that taper towards the top and are varied in shape are optimal in letting light into the CBD. Amongst other detailed mapping analyses, the studio isolated industry sectors within the site area to help inform the future development proposal. Each team had to carefully consider whether to align with current industry trends and form a solid commercial sector or to provide diversity and a new spirit to the CBD by taking a risk to develop something new.

Active frontages

Street interruptions and car parking

Transportation analysis within wider Sydney context


Existing train line

Future bus line alignment

Proposed rapid transit line

Major pedestrian area/corridor

Proposed light rail

Major transport nodes

Laneways and arcades

Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  
Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

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