The Boomer Legacy

Environment

Nature's Endless Bounty

We lived in an infinite world.

“Non-renewable” resources would, if given enough time, renew. Fresh water was limitlessly abundant; forests and coral reefs eventually grew back; ocean algae continuously bloomed and sunk into the abyss to replenish our oil. Even if stars burned through all their fuel and exploded, new and more glorious worlds would coalesce from their remains.

The climate has always changed. There have been countless warm periods in the past. Even dinosaurs flourished for tens of millions of years in a world devoid of frost or snow or ice.

So there was nothing to worry about. We could do whatever we liked with a completely clear conscience. For the good Earth will abide forever.

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Epic ruin porn    (Nov 2012)

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It's all about being a global city: All the construction was evidence of our economic vitality and enthusiastic internationalism

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Parammatta Square construction site   (Jul 2018)

Through an augmented sky: All the atmospheric particulates guaranteed a golden hour for everyone

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Sunrise over Bourke Street, Melbourne   (Apr 2019)

Dam the Franklin: An early example of environmental activism, to prevent the construction of dams in one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the planet

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Protesting the building of dams on the Franklin River in Tasmania   (Feb 1983)

Bio solids: Paintings of whales and fish helped liven up our sludge

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Aquatic murals at the Wollongong Sewage Works   (Sep 2014)

Potential water views: Uninterrupted vistas for our investment properties

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Harbourside Serviced Apartments, McMahons Point   (Sep 2018)

Reinforced bulwark: We found the oceans an ideal place to dump all our stuff

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Concrete erosion blocks, South Wollongong beach   (Sep 2014)

If it wasn't grown, it was mined: Diggers and drillers drew heartfelt inspiration from the island paradise of Naru

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The Port Kembla coal terminal (PKCT)   (Sep 2014)

Views not trees: The rules we lived by were quite flexible

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Poisoned trees at Larkin Street, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

Stack underflow: And then the chimneys fell silent

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The former Port Kembla Copper stack, from O'Donnell street   (Sep 2013)

Rising above: We had endless views to match our ambitions

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Eureka sky-deck, Melbourne   (Apr 2019)

Charting success: A million schemes for the world we were going to make

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Recreating Quartermass and the Pit at Parramatta   (Jan 2018)

We were the memories we created: How and why will people remember us?

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Tree growing in the old Fosters brewery wall (since demolished), at Broadway in Sydney   (Apr 2014)

City of glass: Sunrise amongst the canyons, and when you get high enough you cannot hear the yelling far below

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19th floor balcony, Adina Apartments Melbourne   (Apr 2019)

Permissive Occupancy: We, the legatees of adverse possession, swore to lobby and plead and flatter and appeal and threaten and randomly proclaim significant heritage values in order to enjoy our rightful seaside retreats deep inside a public national park

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RNP shack at Little Garie, NSW   (Jul 2019)

Life in the roaring forties: Just one summer in western Sydney:
2017-12-14 +43.5°C,   2017-12-19 +44.1°C,   2017-12-20 +43.6°C,   2017-12-24 +42.1°C,   2017-12-29 +40.4°C,   2018-01-06 +42.3°C,   2018-01-07 +47.3°C,   2018-01-08 +42.5°C,   2018-01-19 +40.5°C,   2018-01-20 +40.2°C,   2018-01-21 +40.3°C,   2018-01-22 +43.2°C,   2018-02-14 +40.0°C,   2018-02-24 +40.0°C   (Aust BOM, 2018)

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117°F in the shade, the hottest Sydney temperature since 1939 (ABC News, 2018)   (Jan 2018)

The hikikomori archipelago: We built a matrix of ideology to optimise the rate of self-incarceration

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“Sirius” public housing at The Rocks, Sydney   (Sep 2016)

Inside the tiger: We chased every rabbit down every hole

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Coal Loader tunnel, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

Liens Den: The potential for redevelopment was endless

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View from beneath the Western Distributor, at Darling Harbour   (Jul 2017)

Crimson and clover: We toiled indefatigably to reboot the sky

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The final blast-furnace at BlueScope Steel, in Port Kembla   (Sep 2014)

From the shore to the plateau: Every step towards each other just seemed to get harder

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Garie North Head, Royal National Park   (Jul 2019)

Out with the old: Sawtooth factories made way for luxury apartments

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Zetland redevelopment   (Nov 2018)

The men in the high castle: The benefits of forty years of neo-liberalism were there for all to see

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BP Site bund wall, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

Tubular gongs: Consumption for symbolic, signalling and cultural reasons

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New apartments from old flour mills, Lewisham   (Sep 2015)

A machine to make the land pay: (Gilbert, 1905)

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Flinders Road Industry lookout, Port Kembla BlueScope steelworks   (Sep 2013)

Build a better fish: We loaded up the hydrosphere with enough heavy-metals to make our marine-life indestructible

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An environmentally themed storm-water grating at McCauley Lane in Alexandria   (Mar 2018)

Sprawl was good: Sprawl was right, sprawl worked. Sprawl clarified, cut through, and captured the essence of the evolutionary spirit

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Diamond Bay cliffs at Dover Heights, in Sydney   (Feb 2014)

Cocooning by order: Decorate your world with comfy hygge cosiness

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Sutherland Crescent, Darling point   (Jan 2017)

Captive audience: Hotels, cruise liners, schools and all-you-can-eat buffets proved to be ideal norovirus incubators

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Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal   (Dec 2014)

Seeing beyond: The world was only as small as you made it

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Sightseeing at The Balconies, Royal National Park NSW   (Aug 2019)

Markers of social progress: We erected signs to reinforce things we already knew

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Used car dealership sign, Church Str Parramatta   (Jul 2017)

Less is more: A lattice of Venn diagrams to corral our team-building and inoffensive lives

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Housing demolition on Gray Street, at Kogarah   (Apr 2011)

Unfortunate but it couldn't be helped: We built our prosperity upon the wealth of future generations

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Olympian Rock walkway after a deliberately lit bushfire in Leura   (Oct 2011)

Plague's progress: Down from the trees and into the meat (Karlen, 2001)

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82nd street apartment entrance, NYC   (Oct 2017)

It was fun while it lasted: 82 256 493 barrels a day — the greatest achievement of our generation was to make the deserts bloom

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Nike Savvas installation at the Art Gallery of NSW   (Apr 2014)

Room to grow: Get in on the ground floor of the next big thing

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Domain car parking station   (Jul 2018)

Sunny upside: How good was more days at the beach!

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Blackheath Oval snowman, Blue Mountains   (Aug 2019)

Fubar City: We ruled as distant and unresponsive leaders; where distrust, stagnation, corruption and lack of social cohesion were systematically ignored

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Apartment towers surrounding Chatswood railway station   (Feb 2016)

500 ppm or bust: Nine-month summers, super El Niños, megadroughts, gigafloods, category-five hurricanes, wild-fires, methane fumaroles, km² of eutrophication and fish-kills. 500-year events every five years. Every decade and season the hottest on record. The sixth mass extinction event. Aim low for +2°C and completely miss.

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Truck exhaust pipes at Woolloomooloo, in Sydney's east   (Oct 2012)

Fringe season: Work was commenced to identify and implement the next wave of positive reforms by reducing the number of seasons

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Backyard firewood at Blackheath NSW   (Aug 2019)

Moving the millions: So many opportunities in a city full of strangers

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72nd Street subway station entrance, NYC   (Oct 2017)

Game the system: Those with the best view won

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Friday night on Sydney Harbour   (Jan 2019)

Epic ruin porn: Jack and Jackie died a long time ago, Camelot became an abandoned car-yard

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Leo Cushieri Quality Used Cars in Blacktown   (Nov 2012)

Situation normal: Everything was fine until it wasn't

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Lawsons Auctions car-park, Moore Street Annandale   (Sep 2015)

Multinational style: Curtain walls of glass and steel as far as money could stretch

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6th Avenue office buildings, NYC   (Oct 2017)

The signs were all there: The pressure kept increasing, but everything was still okay

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Steam relief chimney, Dey Street NYC   (Oct 2017)

Siri versus wild: Here's one of me tweeting that I uploaded an Instagram of myself taking a selfie while on holidays somewhere

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The viewing platform of the Scenic Railway at Katoomba   (Nov 2011)

Bright shining billions: Oculus made it possible to experience anything, anywhere through the power of shopping

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The atrium of the Westfield World Trade Center, NYC   (Oct 2017)

The answer to everything was no: I direct council to amend its draft planning-scheme to remove any assumption about a theoretical projected sea level rise due to climate change (Seeney, 2014)

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Hornby Lighthouse gun emplacement, South Head Sydney   (Dec 2014)

We were here: Passing paths that climb halfway into the void (Yes, 1972)

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Royal Coastal Track, near Wattamolla   (Jul 2019)

My variegated village: Machines of extraction between funds and their intended recipients

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UTS construction site, Broadway   (Jul 2018)

A two-speed world: Historical data was of little use in a market which always looked forward

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The remains of Lawrence Hargrave Drive beside the Sea Cliff bridge, near Coalcliff   (Dec 2016)

Troglodyte world: Going underground to dodge the consequences

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Underground escalators at Macquarie University railway station, Sydney   (Feb 2016)

Black bird: … singing in the dead of night

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Freshly harvested pine logs awaiting export, Dunedin NZ   (Dec 2017)

Past escarpment: We often forgot just how dramatic the landscape could be

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The view south from Thelma Head, Royal National Park NSW   (Jul 2019)

We travelled in stylllleeee: You could fly carbon-neutral by offsetting your flight during the booking process

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Primary school mosaic in Sydenham Green, near the Sydney Airport   (Sep 2012)

Hedge city: O beautiful for spacious skies, to park our excess wealth

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Central Park apartments, Broadway   (Jul 2018)

This tun of treasure: We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives (Criswell, 1959)

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The Green Square Waste garbage facility (since demolished) at O'Riordan Street (Daily Telegraph, 2014)   (Aug 2014)

User funnelling: To paraphrase Lewis Mumford: the apotheosis of cities was to channel people from one checkout to the next

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The M4 Western Distributor at Darling Harbour in Sydney   (Jul 2012)

Views rooted in ecology: We peered through the bay-windows of our tastefully renovated homes, yet could not see the yachts for the trees

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Vandalised Moreton Bay fig tree roots on Wunulla Road in Point Piper   (Sep 2012)

Ready-made solutions: Our developers were given a blank cheque to do whatever they felt was necessary

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Sandbridge pedestrian crossing, Melbourne   (Apr 2019)

After Nature: An all-new Pliocene with mass-produced gastropods in a concrete sea

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The front yard of an abandoned spare-parts dealer at Tempe in Sydney   (Sep 2012)

Ledge fund: Turn right at the rock-face and keep going

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Rock ledge at The Waterrun, Royal National Park NSW   (Aug 2019)

Fire in the soul: We've got to be realists, if you're going to live with the butterflies then you're going to die with the butterflies (Joyce, 2017)

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The aftermath of a deliberately lit bushfire in Katoomba   (Nov 2011)

Grok the avenue: Why bother to shade suburbs when you can get the same effect from more profitable twenty-storey apartments?

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Tree lined suburban streets at Bondi Junction & Wolli Creek   (Dec 2018)

The wound that would not heal: O2 + (UV) → 2 O•
O2 + O• → O3
O3 + (UV) → O2 + O•
CCl2F2 + (UV) → CClF2• + Cl•
Cl• + O3 → ClO• + O2
ClO• + O• → O2 + Cl•
2 ClO• + (UV) → O2 + 2 Cl•

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Sunburst above the Wollongong Sewage Works   (Feb 2011)

Outlier Nation: Founded on penal servitude, maintained by the dispossessed, for the benefit of the super-rich

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Sugar cane digester spheres in Waterfront Park, at Jacksons Landing   (Jan 2013)

Spontaneous regeneration: Weeds like droplets of sweat, where hopes of easy riches once lay

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The empty upstairs rooms of a pool hall at Sussex Street in Sydney   (Oct 2012)

Memories of the future: The last thing we wanted to do was extirpate all the large vertebrates (WWF, 2018)

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Deceased sulfur-crested cockatoo, Warrimoo   (Dec 2017)

Re-imagine urban life: Traffic and cranes acted as beacons of success

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Construction cranes at Australian Technology Park   (Mar 2018)

The albatross beneath our feet: Rows of apartment blocks where agent-orange once brewed

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The decontaminated site of the Union Carbide plant, at Rhodes   (Jul 2013)

Buckley's chance: Going nowhere is better than going backwards […] We can't continue to think each generation will be better off than the previous one (Melbourne University professor Mark Wooden, Aug 2019)

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Coastal track upgrading works at the Royal National Park, NSW   (Jul 2019)

Hidden externalities: A matrix of vibrant and inclusive spaces to facilitate contentedness

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Centre Place lane-way, Melbourne   (Apr 2019)

Where even the windows wept: We created villages filled with community, cohesion and a common sense of purpose

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Factory windows at Chester Lane, Zetland   (Sep 2014)

Spaceship, I: Almost fifty years to the day, we're still a warm bubble in the cold dark beyond

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North Era camp-site before dawn, Royal National Park NSW   (Jul 2019)

Golden sunlit uplands: Import alien species to remind you of home, then watch helplessly as they escape into the environment

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The invasive plant species Common Gorse spreads along the Taieri Gorge, NZ   (Dec 2017)

Crosses & cranes: Getting ready for the next big thing

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Elm tree memorial at Lewisham building site   (Sep 2015)

City lights: Clarity by design, simplicity by omission

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Southbank lighting store, Melbourne   (Apr 2019)

Day-tripping: The greater our impact on nature, the more we wanted to see it

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The Waterrun, Royal National Park NSW   (Aug 2019)

Virgin lands: Architects don't merely design – they create environments, inside and out, and spaces that function well, to mediate the dialogue between the boundaries of architecture and design, exterior and interior realms, structure and detail

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The remains of the Jonley Australia plastics factory in Meadowbank   (Jan 2014)

Crosswalk puzzle: Waiting for the white man with the upraised orange palm

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Pedestrian crossing at 37th and 5th, NYC   (Oct 2017)

What mean these stones?: One day, lad, all this will be yours (Monty Python, 1975)

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Iron slag at the Blast Furnace Park in Lithgow   (Aug 2012)

Gentrified slums: Our water-view, yachts and every possible dream come true

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Melbourne Docklands   (Apr 2019)

Build a better rookery: It was amazing how well creatures could adapt to being fed on the sixteenth floor

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Rainbow lorikeets at the kitchen window, Harbourside Apartments   (Jan 2019)

Stack trace: International trade agreements led to enormous economic benefits

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The concrete base of the demolished Port Kembla copper stack   (Sep 2014)

A domain of wreaths: Ideally, we should live as free people. Sensibly, we must live under guard (Daily Telegraph, 2018)

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Papered-over window display in Henry Str Lewisham   (Sep 2015)

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