Parking Pleasure: How do you use parking to transform towns into places people love?

How do you use parking to transform towns into places people love?  By marrying the traditional ingredients of parking and place-making to create a suite of 21st century ‘park-in-place’ city strategies where the bemoaned vehicle now plays an important role in creating cities for people.

The unlikely combination of parking and place-making has been the focus of significant research and the winning of projects for RobertsDay over the last three years.

Beginning with an overview in global trends and innovations, including the success of San Francisco’s real time, user pay smart technology to Los Angeles’s employer paid parking schemes, RD Principal Stephen Moore will explain the hidden cost of parking, its impact and how this can be used to leverage sustainable change.

To demonstrate the potential of ‘park-in-place’ city strategies in Australia, a range of projects will follow including how a hybrid parking structure launched an arts district; how discovering the hidden costs of parking has saved a city centre over $100 million; how a car park may be transformed into a mixed-use waste-to-energy plant; parking in ‘car-free’ precincts, and how tactical interventions and retail surveys are dispelling preconceived ideas about the relationship between shops, parking and profit.

Stephen will provide a practical framework for understanding how ‘park-in-place’ city strategies can benefit your city or town in his presentation at the 7th International Urban Design Conference being held at the InterContinental, Adelaide from Monday the 1st to Wednesday 3rd of September 2014…

Stephen-MooreStephen Moore is a Principal of Robertsday, based in Sydney.  As creative director and lead designer on major projects in Australia and abroad, Stephen believes great places can be profitable and playful.  Projects with his involvement have received a variety of awards, including the Australian Award for Urban Design Excellence and Royal Australian Institute (NSW) Premier’s Award.  Stephen also co-leads RobertsDay’s research and development unit.

Alongside his practice commitments, Stephen has taught at the University of New South Wales and Sydney University.

He is also a frequent public speaker with invitations including the keynote address at the Mackay Developer’s Summit, PIA’s Congress Highlights and Ideas Bombing Sydney. Stephen’s thinking on the future of cities exists in a variety of media, including The Financial Review and Trending City. At ACNU 2010, Stephen was invited to lead a master class in Adelaide.  In 2012, Stephen was recognized in The Fifth Estate as one of Sydney’s most influential designers and planners.  In 2013, Sydney City Council invited Stephen to join its Cultural Sector Forum.  In 2014, Stephen was invited by the ACT Government and Danish Embassy to give the key address on Cities For Tomorrow.


If you would like to join the discussion with Stephen and over 70 other speakers at the 7th International Urban Design Conference, visit the website to register.

Enabling A Resilient Future – Spatial Political Economy and the Crucial Role of Place Management and Development in Knox

In the not too distant future Australian cities will exist as material evidence of the massive and at times, catastrophic re-birthing of the capital which currently underpins our economies. There is an increasing sense that those that control the capitalisation of energy, food and land will give way to those that control the capitalisation of technology, infrastructure and knowledge.

Accordingly, power will attempt to shift to ‘the local’ as domestic energy security, amongst others, becomes a reality. With this we will also see a de-coupling of local communities from the foundational grid of the industrial economy to become truly post-industrial. While this shift will bring many benefits, it also brings with it many challenges which will materialise nowhere more potently than in our cities.

We must innovate the economy (the cycle of production, distribution and consumption) to be dependent on this new hierarchy of emerging capital and in so doing ensure that the city exists as material evidence of this innovation, a task which by its very nature is spatial.

Grounded in the body of knowledge that constitutes ‘spatial political economy’ we must employ local ‘spatial investment and development programs’ to enable the re-production and re-accumulation of value in a way that prioritises the health of our planet and our society, and gives greater legitimacy to the intervention of local government in the generation of wealth.

Dr Ingo Kumic Knox City Council 

The 6th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park from Monday the 9th to Wednesday 11th of September 2013. 

The conference “UrbanAgiNation” urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities.

Innovative strategies to foster spatial and social resilience in high vulnerability suburban environments

It is generally accepted that environments typical of Australian middle and outer suburbs face significant challenges in relation to numerous aspects of sustainability.

Post war suburbs rely heavily on private transportation,experience servicing limitations associated with low population density and displaying a relatively low adaptive capacity.

Vast expanses of Australian suburbs are experiencing a cycle of renewal with ageing building stock being rapidly replaced through private investment at equivalent or slightly increased dwelling densities. With the average household size known to be decreasing, the changes currently occurring in middle ring suburbs fail to significantly contribute to population density, leaving these areas with little improvement in relation to resilience to future sustainability challenges.

Aida proposes a design approach which aims to generate more sustainable suburban environments over time, enhancing the tendency for private property investment to foster suburban resilience through adaptive evolution.

The understanding of suburban resilience is divided into two separate, yet interrelated, elements of social and spatial resilience, expanding previous research on the connection between these concepts. Suburban resilience is discussed as more than a set of requirements. It becomes an approach to confront suburban un-sustainability; a dynamic process that determines the capacity of a system to accept change, through novelty, learning and self-organisation.

As a means of testing and demonstrating the design approach, it is hypothetically applied to an existing Adelaide suburb currently undergoing significant redevelopment and deemed to be highly vulnerable to rising fuel and mortgage costs. Innovative urban development approaches are required to enable communities to accept and direct change, collectively confronting future uncertainty. Without such an approach existing unsustainable suburban fabric is likely to perpetuate as a result of ongoing reinvestment in the status quo.

Mrs Aida Leon, Graduate Master of Sustainable Design, University of SA, 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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Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster – Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

“No elected official or planning professional should miss this book. Birch and Wachter have collected essays spanning every dimension of rebuilding. From historical lessons to cutting-edge practices, there is so much to learn.”—Brent Warr, Mayor, City of Gulfport, Mississippi
“A remarkable collection of essays.”—Journal of the American Planning Association

“Disasters—natural ones, such as hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes, and unnatural ones such as terrorist attacks—are part of the American experience in the twenty-first century. The challenges of preparing for these events, withstanding their impact, and rebuilding communities afterward require strategic responses from different levels of government in partnership with the private sector and in accordance with the public will.

Disasters have a disproportionate effect on urban places. Dense by definition, cities and their environs suffer great damage to their complex, interdependent social, environmental, and economic systems. Social and medical services collapse. Long-standing problems in educational access and quality become especially acute. Local economies cease to function. Cultural resources disappear. The plight of New Orleans and several smaller Gulf Coast cities exemplifies this phenomenon.

This volume examines the rebuilding of cities and their environs after a disaster and focuses on four major issues: making cities less vulnerable to disaster, re-establishing economic viability, responding to the permanent needs of the displaced, and recreating a sense of place.

Success in these areas requires that priorities be set cooperatively, and this goal poses significant challenges for rebuilding efforts in a democratic, market-based society. Who sets priorities and how? Can participatory decision-making be organized under conditions requiring focused, strategic choices? How do issues of race and class intersect with these priorities? Should the purpose of rebuilding be restoration or reformation?

Contributors address these and other questions related to environmental conditions, economic imperatives, social welfare concerns, and issues of planning and design in light of the lessons to be drawn from Hurricane Katrina.

Eugenie L. Birch is Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Susan Wachter is Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management and Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Together, they direct the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Building the World’s first 100% Sustainable Global Infrastructure

We are on the brink of a mandatory paradigm shift in everything we do, provoked by the imminent disappearance of petroleum and the requirement that we slow and reverse global climate change! We must convert from petroleum to 100% sustainable and renewable energy sources, starting with our cities, which will rapidly die without the food sourced by the 95% petroleum inputs that our current system requires! Why not consider linear cities that provide a far greater perimeter than our roughly circular cities, which have the minimum that is mathematically possible. These differences are compounded when you stack floors on top of each other to create vertical cities, which become impossible when all their inhabitants must walk into fields to grow their own crops because there is no more petroleum to produce the food and bring it to where people can eat it! Linear Cities can be built at right angles to prevailing wind directions, where everyone can walk into fields to grow their own food, and to supply those who are still stuck in existing cities, and towers! They can both power, and be supplied by high-, medium and low-speed speed rail, which are the only form of transportation outside of ships and electric vehicles that can be driven by wind, and which use only about 1/3 of the energy/passenger mile of cars and aircraft. Wind turbines along the top edge of the north to south linear city capture the energy of the wind that has accelerated as it passes over its 3 – 5 stories. Our current motorways can be used to deliver building materials to the cities just alongside them, and we can start by installing conventional wind turbines first, followed by both high-speed rail and a “high temperature” superconducting induction track/grid in the roadway to drive electric vehicles.

Mr Kim Gyr, Green Millennium, United States of America
4th International Urban Design Conference – 22 – 23 September 2011