Apartment living is on the rise, as more young Australians are choosing lifestyle and location over housing affordability. The growth of shared spaces, such as community gardens, in apartment complexes is helping residents develop social relationships in traditionally isolated urban environments.
Daniel Cakmak is a Sydney real estate agent from McConnell Bourne. He is born-and-bred in the mid-north shore of Sydney, with many years experience working alongside his brother and business partner, Steve. Daniel spends a lot of time working within the community, eager to understand the social nature of communities and their impact on property markets.
Jan Felton is the Open Space Community Projects Officer at Willoughby City Council (Sydney, Australia). She has a background in landscare and archietectural design with a strong focus on sustainability and community growth. She has been working with the various residential and commercial communities around the Willoughby area, in developing and maintaining community gardens.
Ann-Marie Cahill is a writer with a history of legal and sociology research. After spending years writing and arguing about legal technicalities, she realised there was far more to our social world to both read and experience.
Gen Y is embracing gardening, with growing plants and herbs indoors becoming a popular pastime for urban dwellers. Whether to boost wellbeing, bring a sense of calm to urban spaces or simply for its ease of maintenance, gardening is brushing off the soil of its previously stuffy image.
While the premise might seem like a gimmick, canned air sales are on the rise. Australian entrepreneurs are bottling and selling local air to the Chinese market as an antidote to smog. But is Australia’s reputation as an unpolluted utopia enough to sell products based on pseudo-science?
While more Germans are now leaving cities than moving to them, not everybody is ready to exchange urban bustle for country life. For city-dwellers seeking a compromise, an allotment offers the perfect balance. But who are these green-fingered folk and why do they want their own patch of soil?
From being saddled with student debt, to sky-high housing prices, the dream of owning a home has never seemed more distant to most Gen Yers. Claiming to be “the missing step,” Unmortgage is helping people put down roots with a scheme that partially finances their homes.