Save Our Minds, Bodies and Souls, Not Just Our Town

Ms Robina Crook, Associate at HASSELL joins us at this year’s International Urban Design Conference to discuss  “Save our minds, bodies and souls, not just our town”.

A tale of how a small rural community taught their urban cousin a thing or two about “Building an Age Friendly Community”

When Ian McCabe, CEO of the Shire of Wyalkatchem, requested the Western Australian Planning Institute of Australia assist them to address the complex challenge of an ageing community, we jumped at the opportunity to help (1).

When you are the CEO of a local rural shire you are not just advocating for the citizens of a community, often you will have a personal connection. The Shire of Wyalkatchem is 194km north east of Perth. It is a community of only 516 souls in 314 private dwellings; with a handful of those dwellings forming the town centre. More than 46% of the “Wylie-ites” are aged 55 years or more, with a median age of 53 years. Ageing infrastructure combined with catering for an aged population is a major issue for the Shire.

Robina Crook

With issues associated with an ageing population becoming a daily reality the Shire of Wyalkatchem took the lead. They invited local government community development officers and chief executives from around the Western Australian Wheatbelt to address a common issue “Building for an Age Friendly Community”

The people of Wyalkatchem are predominately farmers and a few town’s folk, with no particular interest in urban design but a passion for community. They are however a very pro-active community. When the only butcher closed in town, the community came together (2). In drought stricken times, the farmers still managed to diversify and learn new skills becoming master chefs in all things meat. It was this determination to keep their community alive that has driven the decision to “Build for an Age Friendly Community”.

In a workshop environment, local government community development officers and chief executives embraced urban design philosophies to identify age friendly strategies for this passionate, be it small country town:

  • Guidelines for the Development of Dementia Friendly Communities (3)
  • Healthy Active by Design (4)
  • Healthy Built Food Environments (5)
  • Curtin University Universal Design Guidelines (6)

    This is the tale of David and Goliath, unperturbed by the massive challenge ahead a small town has started the journey to create the type of community they want to grow old in.

The 10th International Urban Design Conference will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 November 2017. 

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Docklands Area Comes to Life with Green High Rise

By Emily D’Alterio | Architecture Source | 29 November 2012

Designed by architectural firm HASSELL, the 16-storey commercial office space owned by Cbus Property is expected to set new standards in Australian green urban design.

The development will come with a price tage of $220 million and is expected to be completed by mid-2014. Its development is expected to not only offer a new aesthetic to the Docklands area, but also lead the way for green clad structures in the Melbourne CBD.

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Catalyst – Infrastructure | Urban Design | Public Realm

Catalyst Infrastructure | Urban Design | Public Realm Complexities in Urban growth and development are numerous and varied.

The intersection of these complexities – the natural environment, infrastructure, the built environment, development of housing, and the public realm of society may provide the key to provision of higher levels of social amenity within contrasting modes of urban governance.

With many conflicting agendas in the delivery of civil and civic infrastructure it is increasingly evident that opportunities need to be explored over and above the normative standards approach through placing a value on the user and public experience within infrastructure, to aid higher quality Urban Design outcomes.

David will seek to explore the intersection of Urban Design and Infrastructure. When the process’ are combined as a collaborative – infrastructure can be used as a catalyst in provision of social amenity, places to play, reflect, enjoy, participate, communicate, connect and relate within society and enhance the public realm of our cities.

Mr David Lennox, Associate Urban Designer and Architect, HASSELL, QLD will speak at the 5th International Urban Design Conference – The Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Australia from the 10th to the 12th of September – 2012

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Is it time? A National Policy on Architecture and Urban Design

Smart nations are recognising the role of national architecture and built environment policies as fundamental instruments in securing a better future. Statements of intent and actions are guiding decisions that shape the cultural, social, environmental and economic quality of life for their citizens. Surprisingly, in Australia we don’t have a unifying national policy, however the debate about the role of a national design agenda is progressing. The time is right to explore the how, what and why of architecture and built environment policies to inform the Australian debate.

It will include discussion on:
_Leadership and delivery;
_Education, skills and advocacy;
_Sustainability, accessibility and inclusive design; and
_Cultural context and built heritage.

This paper will outline:
_The role and importance of architecture and built environment policies at a national level;
_An analyses of international case studies; and
_Explore a theoretical framework and case for the adoption of an Australian policy on architecture and the built environment.

Mr Adam Davies, Principal, HASSELL

The 4th International Urban Design Conference 2011
21st to 23rd of September, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, Queensland