UD1: Delivering Liveable, Smart and Sustainable Urban Renewal Using Green Star Communities

The 2018 International Urban Design Conference will be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, NSW over 12 – 13 November.

The conference will showcase innovations in projects and research embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments.

Joining us at the conference is Mr Nick Alsop, Senior Manager – Market Engagement with the Green Building Council of Australia who will present on ‘UD1: Delivering Liveable, Smart and Sustainable Urban Renewal Using Green Star Communities’.


Cities across the country are accelerating urban renewal and infill in order to meet increased demands of population growth. This is a huge opportunity to deliver precinct scale sustainable urban design, built form and infrastructure and contributing to the pressing urban agenda of reshaping our cities to be more liveable, smart, connected and environmentally friendly. The Green Star – Communities rating tool is a framework and certification tool that is being employed to achieve and demonstrate this. This presentation will look at how this rating tool works and its application in practice.

It will look at trends in development across urban renewal as well as give an introduction to Green Star Communities, and its delivery and application in practice across different sites. Those who have not heard of the Green Star – Communities rating system will learn how it works. Those who already familiar with it will learn what opportunities might be applicable for future projects, and how it can align with a city’s social, environmental and economic goals.

Nick will draw on work from leading edge Green Star Communities projects such as Green Square, Brisbane Showgrounds, Fishermans Bend, Barangaroo and West Village to demonstrate how sustainability and liveability is being integrated into project visions and goals, spatial planning, engagement, infrastructure, placemaking, design and construction. Nick will also reflect on the future trend for sustainable precincts in Australia in response to the global and local sustainability challenges, climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Nick has over 15 years experience in delivering city sustainability programs. At the GBCA he is responsible for the growth and strategy for the Green Star Communities tool, working with government and business stakeholders to apply the framework in delivering best practice sustainable precincts. Prior to this, Nick worked in a variety of sustainability roles at state and local government, including cities of Port Phillip and Melbourne, and Sustainability Victoria

For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au


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