When progressive developers and early adopters attempt to push boundaries and test innovative new approaches to delivering precinct-scale eco-infrastructure,
they invariably hit a range of obstacles.
The built environment has a long history of planning and construction at the precinct scale, dating back to the birth of city planning as a profession. However, it is only more recently that this scale has gained widespread interest for the potential it offers for integrating urban planning and infrastructure delivery, and in particular, the potential of integrated sustainable infrastructure, or eco-infrastructure, which can help reduce the ecological footprint of urban areas.
This article uses case studies of cities in Australia to demonstrate issues encountered and lessons learnt from sustainable precinct design.