6th International Urban Design Conference DAY TWO!

Day one of the 6th International Urban Design Conference went exceptionally well here at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park!  Thank you speakers, sponsors and delegates for making it a superb event so far!  Today is shaping up to be another exciting and busy day!!

6th International Urban Design Conference kicks off today!

The 6th International Urban Design Conference commenced this morning at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.
The conference “UrbanAgiNation” urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities and will run through until Wednesday! Enjoy attendees!

Geyser wins at NZ architecture awards

The Fifth Estate 4th September 2013

Auckland’s Geyser building, New Zealand’s first 6 Star Green Star office-design rated building has won two categories at the 2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

Geyser, in Parnell, took out the commercial and sustainable design categories. The three-storey commercial building, a series of five sub-buildings with offices and retail space, was designed by Pattersons and is owned by Samson Corporation.

Architect Andrew Patterson said Geyser filled “the missing piece in sustainability”, which was about “quality, beauty and permanence”.

The Geyser Building
The Geyser Building

Samson general manager Marco Creemers said Geyser was not only a stunning building to look at but also “a very quiet and fresh environment to work in”.

“It gives you a great sense of pride to know you’re using less energy – no air-conditioning, a car stacking system and well thought-out lighting. You’re also saving water with rain harvesting, and reducing onsite waste with the Hungry Bin systems.”

Features include a 165-car stacking machine and a system of atriums with pedestrian linkages to promote networking and a sense of community.

Another is state-of-the-art eco-technology that enables the building to heat itself by trapping warm air between its walls in the winter, while in summer the entire outer skin opens electronically for full ventilation.

Mr Creemers said benefits were:

  • Using nearly a third less energy
  • Using half the amount of artificial lighting and water
  • Breathing 100 per cent fresh air (compared with 25 per cent in airconditioned offices)
  • Using a rainwater harvesting system to store and supply water to the toilets and irrigation system
  • Utilising showers, lockers and cycle parks to encourage active transport, as well as being close to major public transport hubs.

Clicker there to go read the original article on THE FIFTH ESTATE

Planning Melbourne with 3D Virtual Environments

Melbourne’s ongoing growth and intensification is forcing a more holistic evaluation of built form outcomes in terms of public realm and amenity. Correspondingly, the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has recognised the need for more efficient and engaging planning processes.

With Urban Circus’ support, the DPCD has developed a virtual 3D environment of Greater Melbourne to accelerate the assessment process, increase engagement and reduce costs. The 3D virtual environment enables visual engagement. It allows planners, politicians and the public to present, see and review proposals quickly, without strong technical skills.

Key to its success is the capability to assess high fidelity scenarios from any point, modify the building forms in real-time, in combination with a user-friendly interface. Use of the platform is reducing costs for both the planning authorities and development applicants. Proposals are presented digitally, slotted into the base model, and assessed in a collaborative manner.

The City Model also captures the work of State Government (>25,000sqm) proposals. This shared database assists in reducing risk, and enables integrated decision-making between statutory authorities. It has become a quick and easy tool for professionals reviewing proposals across the city, enabling a comparison of existing permits and sites under consideration. DPCD has found that the amenable use of the modelling experience provides the catalyst for more meaningful design-based discussions. Fundamental urban design issues are made clearly visible to stakeholders, natural increasing engagement with the process and outcomes. The presentation will demonstrate how this cutting edge platform is being utilised by the State Government to save time and money, promote creative thinking and better design outcomes, and show the way for future planning tools.

The 6th International Urban Design Conference warmly welcomes Dr Ben Guy of Urban Circus who will be presenting at the conference next week 9-11 September at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park along with his co-author, Ms Tania Crisafi of Department of Planning and Community Development.

Dr Guy is the CEO and founder at Urban Circus, where he works with project teams to leverage 3D virtual environments. By introducing visual facilitation early and often, Ben and his team enable efficiencies in projects and planning. This includes clear communication, disambiguation, and a process to empower better design outcomes. This process is proving successful across industries. Advantages include bringing projects to market sooner, leveraging value, and providing certainty and clarity to clients and stakeholders. In its ninth year of incorporation, Urban Circus is Australia’s largest independent 3D Virtual Environment specialist. Speaking Highlights Recently, Ben has been engaged to speak to industry professionals and governments at: the Built Environment Meets Parliament Summit; Australian Logistics Forum; Roads Australia Summit; Queensland Transport Infrastructure Summit; and Victorian Transport Infrastructure Summit.

Ms Tania Crisafi Senior Planner, Statutory Approvals Department of Planning and Community Development Tania has a strong disciplinary background in planning and urban design and has been in a statutory planning role for central Melbourne for over 11 years. Her current role at the Department of Planning and Community Development includes providing advice to the Minister for Planning for applications in excess of 25,000 square metres, and regarding planning scheme amendments for Melbourne. To date she has assisted in the approval of over $3 billion worth of development on behalf of the State of Victoria including multi-building projects valued at $800 million. 3D modelling is an intrinsic part of all assessments and Tania manages this process with developers and Councils.

If you would like to see Dr Guy’s presentation you can as we are holding registrations open so don’t miss out!  Just click here to register or click here to view our program.

MORPH MY CITY Infrastructure Rebirthing & The Creative City

As Australia’s cities embark on their largest infrastructure projects in decades, what infrastructure from our industrial past can be born again to contribute to the social and cultural life of the city?

Infrastructure like: – An iconic bridge and major city access route that now hosts a world-famous Bridge Climb and is one of Australia’s most popular attractions and at the top of to-do-lists – Sydney Harbour Bridge – An island that used to be a prison, ammunition depot and ship building yard and is now an event space and creative arts venue – Cockatoo Island – A train depot to hub for creative start-ups and popular farmers’ markets – Carriageworks

Just like Sydney, every city around Australia has major investments in industrial era infrastructure that are ready to be born again into the creative city. Those investments include over-engineered roads, parking structures and service lanes, water reservoirs, and waste plants. Rather than relegating these relics of the past to isolated, single use blights on communities, they can be born again to improve the ecological, social and economic performance of 21st century cities.

The 6th International Urban Design Conference welcomes RobertsDay Principal, Stephen Moore, who will be presenting at the conference next week 9th-11th September at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.  Mr Moore’s presentation focuses on a process to morph the infrastructure of the past into the great places of the future and the role of the hybrid urban professional in doing just that. He also shares techniques, tools and lessons for pragmatic innovation in this emerging field, using real-world examples that include: – How a car centric centre was reborn with a new public domain the equivalent of five Olympic pools – How a regional centre could shift $5M in funding from parking to cultural infrastructure – How an innovative parking structure could be the catalyst for a new arts district

Stephen Moore is a Principal of RobertsDay, based in Sydney. As creative coordinator and lead designer on major projects in Australia, New Zealand, China and United Kingdom, Stephen believes great places can be playful and profitable. Recent projects include infrastructure rebirthing in Coffs Harbour City to inspire a cultural renaissance, road dieting in Bondi Junction to create complete streets, a hybrid urban block called St.Thomas Place to kick start an arts district, and Vietnam’s Halong EcoCity where cultural symbolism also purifies a polluted river. Stephen also co-leads RobertsDay’s research and development unit. Over the last three years the firm has invested in developing its trademarked Great Places Process. Alongside his practice commitments, Stephen has taught at the University of New South Wales and Sydney University. At ACNU 2010, Stephen was invited to lead a master class in Adelaide. He is also a frequent public speaker with invitations including the keynote address at the Mackay Developer’s Summit, PIA’s Congress Highlights and the Alaska’s Projects Idea Bombing Sydney.

If you would like to attend Mr Moore’s seminar or any of the other speakers on our program registrations are still open to attend the conference … simply click here to register!