Railway Stations: Public Realm Gateways to Sustainable Futures of our Cities

Train stations are places of connection in our cities and are the gateways of urban space. They represent one of the most exciting places to experience. Some stations make great destinations offering shops, restaurants, museums and exhibition spaces to commuters.

While new architecture at railway stations acknowledge heritage, the urban spaces around them provide excellent public areas and rationalise functional needs. Grand spaces with monumental structures, including constant movement of people and trains makes for an exhilarating experience. Modern or historic, great train stations add another level of excitement in the regeneration of our cities. Adding into the mix of the sustainability paradigm, place making of railway stations transforms into sustainable urban centres and signature architecture, but how does it support an environmentally sustainable future?

The 6th International Urban Design Conference would like to welcome Phillip Roos of Sinclair Knight Merz and Deakin University who will be presenting this paper at the upcoming conference being held 9th-11th September at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

This paper reflects the journey of exploring the challenging situations of balancing the requirements between operational, functional, economic and innovative sustainable design solutions during the Flinders Street Station Design Competition in Melbourne. It highlights how the unique spatial, social and cultural circumstance of this world-renowned city railway station possesses specific resilient and sustainable design answers to a public realm and city space that challenge established thinking.

Phillip is a sessional academic at Deakin University, and is also the Global Practice Leader for Sustainable Design at Sinclair Knight Merz. He has been working as an architect, urban designer, researcher and advisor for over 24 years on an extensive range of projects internationally and in Australia. More recently he has been involved in advanced research projects relating to studies of sustainability and climate change resilience, including the identification of optimised design processes based on regenerative design and settlement pattern language theory.

If you would like to attend this seminar please click here to register.  Many other speakers and keynote presenters will be discussing topical issues and innovations in line with the conference theme “UrbanAgiNation” urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities.  Click here to view the program.

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