Perth [Western Australia] The Forces that Shape Cities

I am from Russia but now I live in Perth in Western Australia. Quite often I’m asked why I’ve chosen this city.. Honestly, Perth is so far away from the rest of the world that it was just too tempting. I don’t want to lie, I was surprised to see Perth so different from my expectations. But I remember the golden rule of life, not to expect anything from anything and anyone! So I have no regrets 🙂

I’m from the city with the same population as Perth.. However, my city, Kazan, is compact. And historical. And quite cozy I’d say. Perth is huge.. and empty! Car is the dominant here.. car is the local God. The other God (of mine) is the ocean! Perth sprawled along the ocean and I can’t blame it! Everyone wants to live in close proximity to nature.. Recreational areas and public open spaces are the part of nature and I enjoy both, ocean and forest, beaches and local parks.

I’d like to show my project inspired by two different units I had at the University of Western Australia. Professor Neil Folley from the UWA has the talent to explain boring statutory science in a funny and entertaining way. Professor Timothy Greenhill has the talent to boost the curiosity in his students (or at least in myself) about every little thing in the city. I question myself every time about new technologies, little historical events, and how they shaped the cities we live in. I’m grateful for knowledge about statutory planning I’ve absorbed from Neil and I’m grateful to Timothy to see the bigger picture, make connections and represent this knowledge!

I’d like to share a tiny piece of work I’ve created during my study in urban planning in Western Australia. I’m happy to start with Perth. I know, there are lots of things we can be unhappy about places we live in.. we better perceive it as areas for our common growth. But also I think we have to learn to admit good moments and appreciate the unique experience of planning system we already have, like Metropolitan Region Scheme in Perth to reserve land for public purposes, such as parks and recreation, and Metropolitan Region Improvement Tax that helps to protect our natural environment and purchase land with a long-term view.

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