Changing attitudes in urban planning – suburbanisation to inner densification

The 6th International Urban Design Conference is pleased to welcome Ms Maud Cassaignau and Mr Markus Jung of Monash University who will be presenting at this event entitled “UrbanAgiNation” urbanisation | agitation | imagination which will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities 9th to Wednesday 11th of September 2013 at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

Ms Maud Cassaignau and Mr Markus Jung will present on how they induce discussions in the Melbourne architecture community about challenges and potentials of urban development: In a context of intense urban growth, they believe that planning has to be rethought: from a laisser-faire suburbanization, to a planed densification of existing urban fabric.

The former industrial area of Cremorne was used as a case-study to demonstrate transformation potentials of atmospheric, well-connected inner neighbourhoods. The project is taking a counter position to current sprawling. To handle the pressure of population growth, cities like Melbourne commonly expand outwards. This creates manifold problems: detached low-rise settlements with inefficient infrastructure, social segregation, ever-increasing land consumption and networks costs. Melbourne is predicted to grow by 1,8 million until 2036, centrifugal growth needs to be reconsidered.

The case-study project was developed collaboratively with students, urban activists, journalists and used Monash University as a platform. As part of the overall strategy, the activation of urban space was pursued in conjunction with a website and flyer campaign. This method allowed gaining visibility and exchanging with the architecture community, the neighbourhood and urban planning authorities. The temporary installation in a car park demonstrated the potentials of underused space. Combined bottom-up and top-down strategies attracted attention to the importance of sustainable urban growth and the potentials of densification as alternative to sprawl. The dissemination was key for gaining local and international visibility: connecting real world problems of sustainable urban regeneration with those faced by urban agglomeration globally. More information on the study can be found at

If you would like to attend this presentation registrations for the 6th International Urban Design Conference , are open just click here.  See you there!


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