Early Bird Registration Closing Soon!

You are invited to The 8th International Urban Design Conference, held at the Sofitel Brisbane from Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November 2015.

Early Bird registration for the Conference will close Friday 2 October so make sure you have registered and paid by close of business 2 October 2015.

In 2014, this event sold out so you are encouraged to register at your earliest convenience to secure your seat.

This years’ theme titled Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects will focus on inspirational changes in urban environments.  To view the conference program click here.

This years’ Conference streams to include:

  • Building inclusive multicultural cities
  • Eco cities
  • Health & urban design
  • Higher density urbanism
  • Spatial / temporal changes in Chinese cities
  • Rapid urban development in South East Asia, China & India
  • Balancing the quick and slow formation of cities
  • Using technology to change how cities work
  • How will big data change the future of cities?
  • Urban Design Practice

To secure your discounted delegate rate before early bird registration closes, please visit the conference website here.

If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 (07) 5502 2068 or email conference@urbandesignaustralia.com.au

Construction begins at Sydney’s Green Square

Original article published 27 February, 2015 in Architecture&Design Author

Construction at one of Australia’s biggest urban transformation projects, Sydney’s Green Square Town Centre, began this week with a ground breaking ceremony for the precinct’s first residential building, Ebsworth.

Sydney's Green SquareDeveloped by Mirvac, the 10-storey, 174-unit Ebsworth is a laneway away from the Civic Plaza and underground library designed by Stewart Hollenstein in association with Canberra based Stewart Architecture.

The north of the apartment block is draped in green to give it a soft interface to the neighbouring heritage precinct of cottages and terraces, while a podium on the north-east façade offers landscaped courtyard spaces.

The ground breaking at Ebsworth, which is due for completion in the second half of 2016, marks the first of UrbanGrowth NSW’s major urban transformation projects to start the building phase. The first stage of around 2,000 apartments that Mirvac will build at Green Square, it is also kick-starting the Green Square precinct development.

Green Square is the second-fastest-growing area in NSW behind Blacktown, with the Town Centre to be built over 14 hectares adjacent to the railway station, and include a plaza, library, community centres, aquatic centres, and childcare and sports facilities.

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Read the original article here.

 

Melbourne-Manhattan: Rhetoric and Response

In 2012 the Victorian Planning Minister announced a “bold new vision for Melbourne’s central business district”, proposing a considerable expansion to the capital city zone and inviting public debate around the nature of urban growth in Melbourne.

The plan intended to alleviate pressure in existing suburbs by concentrating intensive development within the new city footprint, maintaining the liveability of established residential areas while providing new opportunities for Melbourne to be a world-class city. Beyond a basic map delineating the extent of the new zone, very little visual material accompanied the announcement and few details provided about what it would achieve. The ‘vision’ was propagandised in mainstream media; the rhetoric was alarmist.

Under the plan, development controls would be “abolished” resulting in “wall-to-wall skyscrapers” and a “Manhattan-style metropolis five times its present size”. A shallow and reactionary dialogue ensued, largely criticising the present city’s failings and the government’s motivations for the zoning change. There was a notable lack of debate about the future of Melbourne.

The 6th International Urban Design Conference welcomes Mr Tom Morgan of MADA, Monash University who will present this paper at the event running from 9th to 11 September at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.  Tom will speculate on the potential realisation of the Melbourne-Manhattan provocation and examine the kinds of density, amenity, services and infrastructure that could be delivered and how it might alter the built form and quality of the city.

Importantly, it questions what it would mean for the broader metropolitan area should a Melbourne-Manhattan come about. Through a design-led research process, the authors reveal alternative urban conditions that challenge conventional strategies for delivering sustainable urban growth through poly-centric activity areas, linear transport corridors and urban fringe expansion. The speculative scenarios ‘unpack’ the rhetoric of the Minister’s announcement and subsequent media reports as a way of examining notions of quality and liveability in contemporary cities.

Finally, the research asks, what could instigate a more ingenuous public debate about these complex urban issues?

You may register to attend Tom Morgan’s seminar or any other of the sessions being delivered under the conference theme of “UrbanAgiNation”.  Simply click here to register your attendance.  The full program can be viewed here.

Opportunistic Urban Design – Development to Meet the Financial Consequences of the GFC

The GFC has imposed significant financial constraint on the form and delivery of urban development, not the least of which is the lack of access to capital and its implications for larger scale projects that require substantial up-front investment and relatively long delays in the payback of that capital.

Most State Governments in Australia are actively encouraging a shift of urban activity in their capital cities from low density detached dwellings on the urban fringe towards higher density infill and inner city apartment development.

However, the financing of these larger scale apartment projects has been highly problematic for the majority of the development industry since the onset of the GFC and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Stephen will explore the delivery of higher density residential development outcomes utilizing intensive detached housing forms and other medium density housing products that can assist with project cash flows through a series of residential project and product examples (existing and proposed) and the consequent implications for urban design and form.

Key themes that have emerged include: – the urbanisation of suburbia – pragmatism in urban design to manage costs and cash flows – understanding the reality and necessity of home owner funding of construction – planning and regulatory system reform implications – council maintenance criteria and regimes for open space and public realms.


Mr Stephen Holmes, Director, Connor Holmes, Adelaide, SA 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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