Mitra Anderson-Oliver is an urban planner and policy analyst at SGS Economics and Planning. Also a board member of Schoolhouse Studios, Mitra is interested in the politics of city building and the creative forces that drive it. She has a background in law and is currently writing a Masters thesis on affordable housing policy in Melbourne.
While a city might be famous for the shape of its skyline or the height of its buildings, the life of a city is created and lived, for the most part, in the spaces between. Mitra Anderson-Oliver speaks with Director of City Design, Professor Rob Adams, to understand the forces that have shaped these spaces in Melbourne.
The new residential zoning scheme for Victoria, released by the State government last year, has huge implications for the urban fabric and social diversity of our city. Seeking to demystify an incredibly complex and confusing system of regulations, Mitra Anderson-Oliver delivers an urban planning 1-0-1 on how the zoning changes might affect you and your housing dreams.
Jan Gehl, renowned Danish architect, urban design consultant and champion of the human scale, is a great believer in walking. “There is more to walking than walking”, he says, a point which Mitra Anderson-Oliver has cause to reflect on over the two days spent pursuing Jan on foot during his trip to Melbourne for an international study tour, during the hottest autumn week in Victoria’s history.