How the rapid urbanisation of China can inform our understanding and design of cities.
The 6th International Urban Design Conference welcomes Mr David Tickle of HASSELL, NSW who will be presenting at the event being held 9th to 11th of September 2013 at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.
Mr Tickle will discuss how China is undergoing urbanisation at a pace and scale unprecedented in human history. Under its current (12th) Five Year Plan, the Chinese government has sought to balance this rapid growth with a broadening of the country’s economic base, social development and environmental protection. The Plan sets out a number of targets that affect how people work, live and move.
HASSELL is an international multi-disciplinary design practice that has operated in the Chinese market for more than twenty years. Our work spans multiple scales and typologies, from regional strategies and city-wide masterplans to the design of individual buildings and open spaces. Our China operations have built upon the expertise of our Australian studios, focusing on key areas of urban renewal, transport-focused development, workplace and residential projects.
Through three case studies, this presentation will demonstrate the way in which we exchange knowledge and ideas between our China and Australia studios. Increasingly, our work in China is informing our understanding and delivery of major urban projects here in Australia. The case studies will focus on three areas of consideration: Work – within the context of new Special Economic Zones, we have applied our extensive understanding of workplace design to the creation of a masterplan for a strategic knowledge precinct in Hangzhou. Live – an exploration of new models of affordable housing provision in the southern city of Shenzhen, part of a Chinese government program to deliver 36 million new housing units by 2015. Move – a groundbreaking design solution for a new transport interchange that integrates this large piece of infrastructure into its local context, as well as the national high-speed rail network (soon to be the largest in the world).
David Tickle leads the HASSELL urban design teams in both Sydney and Shanghai.