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LOCAL COUNCILS CAN’T BE IGNORED FOR PLANNING APPROVALS

 

The new planning approval process proposed by the WA Labor government has some merit, as it will cut through red tape for smaller development applications, such as building a shed, a pergola, etc.

The new legislation will also allow a change of use for premises without the need for local government approval, and that could become a problem. A residential building changing to a cafe, or bar without any input from the community and council having no say in it?

Large project of $ 30 million and more, and of 100 homes or more, would no longer have to go through the local planning process, and the reality is that most large developments are being approved or rejected by JDAP anyway.

While Premier Mark McGowan is right to say that process would be less bureaucratic and less expensive, it is silly spin to say that the approval process through the WA Planning Committee would create better design outcomes. There have been quite a few controversial approvals by state government agencies that did not get the thumbs up from local councils and communities because the developments were deemed to be inappropriate or too large.

It is essential that local councils remain in charge of city planning and the decisions of what is acceptable for character places such as Fremantle. The Premier is a bit too keen on highrise everywhere, for my personal taste.

Roel Loopers

 

 

CITY PLANNING NEEDS TO PROTECT UNIQUENESS

 

There is a very good opinion piece about city planning by Tanya Steinbeck in the West Australian today, that everyone should read.

Tanya Steinbeck is the chief executive of the Urban Planning Institute of Australia(WA), and her article makes a lot of sense to me, because it talks about the challenges of protecting the uniqueness of our cities, while supporting development. This is a challenge Fremantle is experiencing currently, with unprecedented and major development happening now, and in the pipeline for the next years.

Steinbeck writes that it is about authenticity, and that the planning experts believe we need a vision that articulates who we are and what we have to offer. It is important, she writes, not to lose ourselves as we grow, and that is a debate we are having in Fremantle at present. How do we retain and protect our unique heritage city, while encouraging new modern development? What is the Freo context? What is good and specific architecture for our city? I would love to have a public forum about that!

Tanya Steinbeck writes that identity is a complex concept, that always evolves because we evolve as people. Indeed, change is happening every day, everywhere, and is inevitable, but how do we manage change so that it does not destroy the uniqueness of our historic city? That is an issue not unique to Fremantle, but applies to many older suburbs.

I absolutely agree with Steinbeck when she says that we need to avoid homogenisation and that the planning system needs to lead there, so that we don’t get sameness when developing our cities. As she writes, it needs to be planning by people, for the people, and she points to the Town Team Movement, that is all about community-driven planning and is taking placemaking to a new level.

The article is on page 20 of today’s West Australian newspaper, so anyone interested in city planning and community, go and grab a paper from a newsagent.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE NEEDS MORE CREATIVE ARCHITECTURE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2019

 

 

I am a rather simple and modest kind of old fella who does not have too many wishes for the New Year. A bit more money would be good, and having a lot of very gorgeous women throwing themselves at me would be nice too, but I know that won’t happen, so I’ll just keep living within the limitations of reality. What could improve though is what we build in our cities.

I would love to see a lot more creative architecture in Fremantle and the entire Perth metropolitan area, because the blandness and mediocrity of most of the new modern buildings we are getting is very disappointing, hence these inspiring photos from around the world, and I am sure there are many more examples of what great architecture could look like.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SHOP WINDOWS

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on December 16, 2019

 

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Two interesting Fremantle shop windows. The first one at the Compendium design-store in High Street, that has a Christmas present for those who already got everything- a Freo keyring!

The second one is at Studio One in Norfolk Street with a different kind of Christmas decoration.

Roel Loopers

MAKERS MARKET AT FREMANTLE ESPLANADE HOTEL

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, design, fashion, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on July 11, 2019

 

Made On The Left, the oldest Perth handmade artist markets, will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle this weekend July 13 and 14.

More than 80 WA artists and designers will show their works, from art to design, fashion, food, homewares, plants, etc.

There will also be retro and handmade vintage clothing, leather, candles, timber furniture, jewellery, artisan soaps, honey and more, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers

 

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EPIC JOURNEY FOR MODERN DESIGN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, design, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on January 30, 2019

 

 

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When you think about explorers, forget Burke and Wills, Dampier, Cook, Hartog, Tasman and Flinders and start thinking Loopy instead.

I double checked so that I would not claim anything that can’t be substantiated, but when I Googled epic journeys, the journey I just completed did not even appear, probably because it was far too daunting a task for even the bravest to contemplate.

So here I am claiming to be the very first person ever to have walked all the way from the Perth train station to the new Perth Stadium and back. I endured hardship in the East Perth wilderness where food and water were hard to find, and I suffered from exposure, heat stress and dehydration, but I survived.

And I endured all that because I love creative modern structures and needed to see the Matagarup Bridge over the Swan river with my own eyes, and it’s a beauty!

Yet, I pondered that one major question on the train back to my beloved Freo. If the State Government can build such and expansive and expensive new footbridge for a stadium that operates mainly on weekends, why can’t it build a much-needed new rail and traffic bridge at Fremantle that will be used 24/7?

Roel Loopers

 

GREAT XMAS PRESENTS AT ARTS CENTRE BAZAAR

Posted in art, christmas, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on December 1, 2018

 

 

The lovely Fremantle Arts Centre BAZAAR is on again this year, for the 30th time!

There are many arty, craft and fashion design items for sale and lots of other things, plus there are food stalls for the hungry and thirsty, and the cafe is open as well of course.

It is still open today till 5pm and tomorrow-Sunday from 9am to 5pm so go and have a look!

Roel Loopers

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THE GLASS IS HALF FULL AT KINGS SQUARE

 

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There is a lot of glass put up at the new Fremantle Kings Square buildings, a development by Sirona Capital.

I must admit that I quite like the minimalism of the building,which replaces the former Queensgate one, with its high and slim widows. The vertical impression is good.

The mount where the Christmas Tree used to be was also flattened this morning to start preparing the soil for the replacement Moreton Bay fig tree.

Roel Loopers

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018

 

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Fremantle Notre Dame University‘s new Master of Architecture program provides a unique Design Studio education, in the heart of Fremantle, in ethically, socially and environmentally responsible architecture.

You will be a part of a small cohort of creative, critical–thinking students, with tailored practice placements and socio-spatial design studios.

Join NDA staff on Campus, for the Master of Architecture Information Evening on Wednesday 28 November from 6pm, in the highly commended, recently refurbished Student Hall to learn more.

 

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