The Boomer Legacy

Environment

Nature's Endless Bounty

We live in an infinite world.

“Non-renewable” resources will, if given enough time, renew. Fresh water is limitlessly abundant; forests and coral reefs eventually grow back; ocean algae continuously bloom and sink into the abyss to replenish our oil. Even if stars burn through all their fuel and explode, new and more glorious worlds will 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 is nothing to worry about. We can do whatever we like with a completely clear conscience. For the good Earth will abide forever.

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Fire in the soul    (Nov 2011)

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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)

Liens Den: The potential for redevelopment was endless

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

Potential water views: Uninterrupted vistas for our investment properties

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Harbourside Serviced Apartments, McMahons Point   (Sep 2018)

Crosses & cranes: Getting ready for the next big thing

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Elm tree memorial at Lewisham building site   (Sep 2015)

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

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Central Park apartments, Broadway   (Jul 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)

Reimagine urban life: Traffic and cranes acted as beacons of success

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Construction cranes at Australian Technology Park   (Mar 2018)

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)

The war on climate: Nine-month summers, super El Niños, megadroughts, category-five hurricanes, wild-fires, methane fumaroles and km² of eutrophication. 500-year events every five years. Every decade and season the hottest on record. Despite aiming for only +2°C, we completely missed (NYTimes, 2018)

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

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

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Pedestrian crossing at 37th and 5th, 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)

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

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Steam relief chimney, Dey Street 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)

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)

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

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Poisoned trees at Larkin Street, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

A machine that made the land pay: (Gilbert, 1905)

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

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

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Domain car parking station   (Jul 2018)

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

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Concrete erosion blocks, South Wollongong beach   (Sep 2014)

Stack underflow: And then the chimneys fell silent

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

Stack trace: International trade agreements provided enormous economic benefits

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

Less is more: Lots of rectangles to corral our indexed, team-building and inoffensive lives

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

Inside the tiger: We chased every rabbit down every hole

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Coal Loader tunnel, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

Black bird: … singing in the dead of night

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

Bio solids: Concrete, whales and fish helped liven up our sludge

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Aquatic murals at the Wollongong Sewage Works   (Sep 2014)

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 hikikomori archipelago: We built an environment of ideological frameworks to optimise the rate of self-incarceration

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

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)

Two-speed world: We rebuilt the landscape to better reflect our social order

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Lawrence Hargrave Drive ruins beside the Sea Cliff bridge, near Coalcliff   (Dec 2016)

Creating the perfect city: To paraphrase Lewis Mumford: the apotheosis of cities was to funnel people from one checkout to the next

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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82nd street apartment entrance, NYC   (Oct 2017)

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)

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

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UTS construction site, Broadway   (Jul 2018)

Urban planning: 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

High-tech farming: I'd rather put my trust in looking at the sheep and seeing how it performs, than in some number dreamed up by some scientists on a bit of paper (Merriman, 2012)

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Farm sculpture, Cathedral Street Woolloomooloo   (Jul 2018)

Tubular gongs: Consumption for symbolic, signalling and cultural reasons

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

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)

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)

The great pile: 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)

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)

Cocooning by order: Decorate your world with hygge cosiness

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Sutherland Crescent, Darling point   (Jan 2017)

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)

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)

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

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Leo Cushieri Quality Used Cars in Blacktown   (Nov 2012)

Troglodyte world: Going underground to dodge the consequences

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

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)

Situation normal: Everything was fine until it wasn't

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

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)

We are 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)

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