Where there's chaos, there's money... Destructive Cities Book Launch

Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairman of MacroPlan, last week launched his latest book Destructive Cities – A new spatial planning and property paradigm, which identifies how and why Australian cities will grow from 2016 to 2025. 250 UDIA NSW members and guests met at the Ivy in Sydney for the lunchtime book launch and to hear from major property players and innovators including: Nikki Robinson, Partner and National Practice Group Partner, Real Estate at Clayton Utz, Greg Paramor AO, Managing Director at Folkestone, Gary White, Chief Planner of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and keynote presenter Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairman of MacroPlan.

Haratsis provided audience members with an overview of his latest book by highlighting how rapid changes in technology combined with the growth of the services sector is forever changing the way Australian cities function.

“Much of our planning and economic development thinking is based on obsolete ideas of urban development, employment, society and industry, Haratsis said.

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Following Brian’s presentation he joined the panel of industry experts for a candid discussion moderated by Robert Harley, Real Estate Editor at the Australian Financial Review.

Harley challenged panel members with a number of hard-hitting questions, evoking thoughts and ideas on topics ranging from; Competitiveness issues in Australia cities, Global services as a key employment generator, The Gateway cities concept, as well as, opportunities for the growing Entrepreneurialism sector.

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Robert Harley - AFR addresses the panel from left; Gary White - NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Nikki Robinson - Clayton Utz, Greg Paramor - Folkestone and Brian Haratsis - MacroPlan

The panellists also shared their understandings on why Sydney as a global services hub is actually different from the rest of Australia, an idea which stems from Brian’s book.

Further to this, in Brian’s book he suggests; “There is an urgent need to combine technology with deregulation to recreate the seed beds of innovation and smaller-scale investment that was previously to be found in Australian inner cities, but which have now been gentrified. We need a new city model, not more regulation of inner and middle ring areas.”

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Brian Haratsis provide the 250 audience members with an overview of his newest book 'Destructive Cities'        


About MacroPlan: MacroPlan’s experienced and qualified economists align their understanding of macro-economic forces with micro-economic variables such as geographic and industrial characteristics, demographics, labour market shifts, resource demand and commercial realities.  Contact Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairman today to discuss your property research requirements.

Brian Haratsis
Executive Chairman E: haratsis@macroplan.com.au P: 03 9600 0500