Politicians Step Forward With New Plans To See Brisbane Go Live

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls has come forward with a commitment to fast-track the proposed Brisbane Live arena project led should he emerge victorious next election.

In a move they describe as making Brisbane a more attractive investment and tourist location, an LNP Government will grant AEG Ogden and their partners an exclusive mandate to develop the project.

According to The Sunday Mail, tenders would also be invited for a new university campus and the LNP had already received expressions of interest from Australian institutions.

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The LNP’s vision for the project included a new university campus, a 17,000 seat arena, film and production studios, a world-class public square, a new commercial and residential precinct, 12 hectares of new public space, a health hub and new pedestrian access to other entertainment spaces in Brisbane City.

A purpose-built entertainment and education hub located in the CBD would potentially complement the Queens Wharf Development, together with the cultural and arts precinct at South Bank and Suncorp Stadium. Mr Nicholls believes the updated plans for the project, now dubbed the Brisbane Entertainment and Education Precinct (B.E.E.P), would deliver integrated links between these important spaces to create a truly modern and strategically linked city.

This article was originally published by The Urban Developer.

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CityLife Project: Let’s Create Better NSW Cities

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The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) New South Wales wants to work with the industry and the community to create more connected, affordable and liveable cities, and it is willing to pay up to $500,000 to help drive this change.

Launched today, the CityLife Project competition is open to any reputable organisation or company wanting to partner with the Institute to deliver practical research that identifies how our cities should grow and develop into the future.

UDIA NSW Chief Executive Stephen Albin said our State’s centres are feeling the pressure of growth, which can be a double-edged sword – with growth comes the opportunity to enhance the lives of people in cities.

“The Urban Development Institute is calling on universities, industry professionals and community groups with a specialisation in city growth to enter the CityLife Project and work with us to drive positive change,” he said.

The competition focuses on three key areas – Affordable Cities, Connected Cities and Liveable Cities – with entrants able to enter their research ideas in each category for a chance to win $50,000 in research funding plus $95,000 in partnership exposure.

“We’re interested in encouraging better health and wellbeing in cities; we want centres where everyone can easily work, live and play; and we want cities that people can easily traverse using technology, their feet and transport.”

Mr Albin said once complete, the research will be made available to governments and the public, and the Institute will work to see practical and positive recommendations realised.

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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

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.


Contemporary Australian society has been built on successive waves of emigration. As yeast is to dough, emigrants have brought incremental change to society is all its aspects. Each wave brings its culture which permeates and enriches the established structures and customs. While the new influences bring change to most aspects of life, the greatest resistance to change is accommodation.

Existing housing stock is both an attraction and an inhibitor of social adjustment for the family structures of migrant communities. In contrast to the nuclear family of twentieth century Australia, the newcomers come with extended families. Traditional alternative living arrangements are forcibly adjusted to the new environment, whether by preference or economic necessity.

The suburban environment continues to be formed by the single family house. The quarter acre block determined the form of Sydney’s suburban structure. The suburban grid is predicated on the social goal of the single family home, which in turn predicates the successive forms of increased densities. Strategic goals for the housing of Sydney’s growing population require the provision of a wide range of dwelling types to provide greater levels of access to both rental and owned housing. In the western tradition, a wide range of utopian schemes to restructure society in terms of work and home have been proposed since Fourier’s Phalanstere.

However, pre-industrial societies have always found means of accommodating successive generations with cultural variants of the extended family in China, India, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Islamic cultures and these means have informed contemporary practice. Australia now faces the challenge of moving from reluctant market led change to a positive adoption of alternative spatial models, of grasping the opportunity to harness the cultural capital of its contemporary society to reconstruct a generationally sustainable range of housing alternatives.

Peter Armstrong has a BA in archaeology and an honours degree in architecture and will welcome him as a speaker at the 6th International Urban Design Conference  being held from Monday the 9th to Wednesday 11th of September 2013 at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.  Click here to attend.

Peter Armstrong Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney
Peter Armstrong Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney

Peter gained his master’s degree at Waseda University under Yoshisaka Takamasa and worked in the office of Kikutake Kiyonori before returning to Australia where he practiced as an architect for 30 years. His Ph.D dealt with the formative period of the Japanese castle town between the years 1586 and 1650. In 2006 he was decorated by the Foreign Minister of Japan and was made an Honorary Research Fellow of the Korean Government’s National Gyeongju Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. He currently teaches in the Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.