‘Godzillas in the suburbs’: The truth behind Sydney’s big, fat and dumb blocks



Suburbs across Sydney are scarred with ‘‘big, fat, dumb’’ apartment buildings that provide poor living spaces for residents, according to two of the city’s leading architects. Philip Thalis, who is also a City of Sydney councillor, accused developers of pursuing profits by cramming apartments into buildings with excessive footprints.

‘‘What worries me is these overblown buildings, these Godzillas in the suburbs, are a really bad model,’’ he said. Chris Johnson, the chief executive of the Urban Taskforce, a group representing the development industry, said councils and restrictive planning rules were to blame for ‘‘dumpy buildings’’. ‘‘Councils need to be more flexible with height to encourage slimmer towers,’’ he said.


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