Hey Siri, was that my plane?!



Photo credit: Heather Poole

Caption:  @AviationPhotographic



  1. So it looks like my flight left ontime!! I thought it was going to be late! Maybe I’ll call customer service and they can call the pilots to come back and get me and my red bag?? Hello? Hello? One for english…Two for domestic travel…Yes…I’ll hold…

  2. Jo, for Perth the City’s Planning Scheme require all buildings to comply with the height limit (which specified in the building height plan covering the different City precincts). There’s also the vertical setback rule, similar to BKK, where buildings has to be built within the imaginary height plane, usually measured 60degrees or 45 degrees from the edge of the street. In Perth, the prevailing wind comes from the southwest and highrise buildings must have a podium level to protect pedestrians from strong winds (ie downdrafts caused by high speed wind deflecting down the building’s facades). There’s a host of other planning consideration such as plot ratio (Gross Floor Area / site area ratio), public open space contribution etc. These rules are increasingly becoming more ‘performance based’ rather than ‘prescriptive’. For example, a developer can obtain an 20% bonus plot ratio (increased development density) if they can demonstrate that the development include high standards of community facility & amenity. I think it’s all about trials and errors and using common sense, seeing what work and what doesn’t and rewrite the plans accordingly. New York is a good example..since that vertical setback law was introduced in 1916 there had been at least half a dozen of of major amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance and secession of new building codes and by-laws… I seriously doubt if New York or any place on earth on that matter will ever get it right, in the planning sense..forget the old saying… as long as there’s a wheel there’s a way.. Greed is what its all about .

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