The 2018 International Urban Design Conference will be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, NSW over 12 – 13 November.
The conference will showcase innovations in projects and research embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments.
Joining us at the conference is Matt Knight, Integrated Design and Planning Team Lead at Arup who will present on ‘PKB: Under the Viaduct – Neglected Spaces No Longer’.
Under the Viaduct: Neglected Spaces No Longer is a multi-disciplinary research publication involving five Arup offices across the globe and was realised as a co-funded collaboration with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). The publication focuses on the spaces underneath elevated road and rail viaducts, often ignored or marginalised in the planning and design process, and identifies how, with creative imagination and design skill, such spaces can be put to a wide variety of productive uses. Moreover, it explores the potential for creative reuse of existing viaduct infrastructure ‒ the ‘rooms’ created by bridging infrastructure ‒ as well as the potential to design more purposeful uses of these spaces into new infrastructure.
The research origins were influenced by observations of poorly conceived viaducts around the world – severing communities, creating dead-end streets and lifeless voids – what Jane Jacobs referred to as “border vacuums.” It was also inspired by the panoply of international examples where viaduct undercroft spaces have been successfully activated to create places of immense social, environmental and economic value – whether bars, cafes or nightclubs buzzing with life and acting as a catalyst for wider urban regeneration, or workspaces offering local employment opportunities, or indeed public space, art, play or sports facilities adding much needed community health, wellbeing or cultural facilities.
In addition, the research examines the potential for better utilisation of spaces under both existing viaducts (through retrofitting) and proposed new-build projects (through designing-in activation from the outset). Through an enquiry-by-design approach, the challenges and opportunities of seven international case studies were examined in depth. Drawing upon these case study investigations and inspired international examples of successful viaduct activation, the report summarises a series of findings to help inform future practice with a focus on quality design outcomes.
Matt Knight: • Integrated Design and Planning Team Lead, Arup Feb 2018-Present • Senior Landscape Architect, Arup May 2017-Feb 2018 • Associate Director, Clouston Associates Oct 2016 – Apr 2017 • Associate, Clouston Associates Jul 2015 – Sep 2016 • Infrastructure Portfolio Manager, Clouston Associates Oct 2011-Jun 2015 • Landscape Architect, WS Atkins May 2008- Aug 2011
For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au