PKB: Under the Viaduct – Neglected Spaces No Longer

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’.

Matt Knight,

Abstract

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.

Biography

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

 

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Giving Non-Computational Designers Access to Computational Tools in Urban Planning

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 Dr Matthias Haeusler, Discipline Director Computational Design at the University of New South Wales who will present on ‘UD2: Giraffe – Giving Non-Computational Designers Access to Computational Tools in Urban Planning via a Blockchain Using, Two-Sided Network Platform’.

Dr Matthias Haeusler,

Abstract

Rapid urbanisation and population growth demand more buildings and infrastructures completed in a shorter time. This can only be achieved through re-engineering the design process and automating repetitive tasks in AEC firms. Yet even if a larger number of computational tools are available than ever before, they are mainly available to i.e. Grasshopper experts. But there is an invention where anyone can access complex computational operations, i.e. machine learning or advanced data search. It’s via a platform called the Internet. The front end of a browser is easy to use and most do not know what computational operations happens in the backend and there is no need to know as it works well for everyone.

What if a similar platform for the AEC industry exists, one where urban planners can make use of advanced tools i.e. one that automates planning regulations and generates a feasible envelop for any cadastral? The presented project is Giraffe, a blockchain using, two-sided network platform for the AEC industry that connects urban designers with computational designers and software engineers. We argue that urban design is a process made out of several phases, each containing a series of repetitive tasks manually executed that, when in sequential order, are easy to automate.

Computational Designers provide custom-made automate tasks specified by the AEC industry and publish them in Giraffe. Urban designers can then upload their model out of their preferred software to Giraffe and Giraffe completes the next task in the cloud within minutes and model can be downloaded back to a preferred software. All interactions are documented through a public ledger to ensures financial and legal integrity. Giraffe will reduce time spend on a project, cost for staff and at the same time free up time to concentrate on your firm’s main asset – Design quality.

Biography

Lucy Booth is a Lead Planner at Cox Architecture. Since joining Cox in 2012 she has continued to expand her experience across a range of disciplines and scales, including city-scale strategic planning, urban design and integrated transport planning. Rob Asher has been working with Cox since 2015 working at every stage of the planning and development process. He is also focussed on research in the intersection between design, technology and community participation.

Associate Professor M. Hank Haeusler is Discipline Director of Computational Design/Built Environment at UNSW Sydney; Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing; board member of the Media Architecture Institute and known as researcher, educator, entrepreneur and designer in media architecture and computational design through over 60 publications.

For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au

 

 

Plan for 6200 Homes in Sydney’s Newest Suburb

A new development precinct planned for Sydney’s north-west growth corridor is set to offer thousands of new homes to Sydneysiders.

The NSW government release of the Marsden Park North masterplan shows 6200 new homes will be built in the precinct over the next 20 years.

The masterplanned community, which will offer a mixture of housing options, sits approximately 12 kilometres from Blacktown CBD and 20 kilometres from Parramatta’s CBD.

Planning and housing minister Anthony Roberts said the plan includes three new local centres, a new primary school, 13 brand new playing fields and more useable open space proposed to benefit residents of the area.

The NSW government’s release of the masterplan proposes more than 57 hectares of parks and playing fields

“The new playing fields, public parks and the local centres will be easily accessible via new pathways and cycleways,” Roberts said.

“A wide range of homes would be provided for the diverse and growing community, easily accessed by new road upgrades and the Sydney Metro Northwest.”

Upgrades of Richmond Road, Garfield Road, Schofields Road and Bandon Road are planned to improve access to and from the development precinct.

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly says Marsden Park North will eventually become part of the new suburbs of Angus, Marsden Park and Vineyard.

“Residents will also have access to the new Sydney Metro Northwest at Tallawong Station as well as existing Schofields and Riverstone Railway Stations,” Conolly said.

The Sydney Metro Northwest at Tallawong Station is scheduled to open in 2019.

The Marsden Park North Masterplan is now open for local community feedback until October 26.

Join Industry Leaders at the 2018 International Urban Design Conference

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.

Topics will include exploring the potential of mixed use places, spaces and precincts/districts, urban design best practice, designing safety into a city, future proofing, connectivity and design quality outcomes. The conference will also explore the links which create the concrete physicality of the built environment, the complex social, economic, political and cultural processes through which the physical urban form is produced and consumed.

The conference has been held annually since 2007 in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. Be inspired by innovations and projects that are transforming cities. This conference is an opportunity for design professionals to exchange ideas and experiences, to be creative and visionary and to contribute to redesigning our urban futures. The program aims at developing a framework of ideas to provoke debate and speculate on new forms of practice.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Potential of mixed use places, spaces and precincts/districts
  • Regulating urban design
  • Safe city design
  • Transport
  • Design quality

Featured Speakers for 2018 Include:

  • Mr Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect, NSW Government
  • Ms Sue Weatherley, Director Strategic Outcomes and Development, City of Parramatta
  • Ms Sarah Hill, CEO, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW
  • Mr Andrew McWhinney, Manager, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Intelligent Risks
  • Ms Caroline Stalker, Design Director Urban and Principal, ARUP Australasia (QLD)

For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference, topics, to submit your application to present, registration and more please visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au

Join us at the 11th International Urban Design Conference

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.

Topics will include exploring the potential of mixed use places, spaces and precincts/districts, urban design best practice, designing safety into a city, future proofing, connectivity and design quality outcomes. The conference will also explore the links which create the concrete physicality of the built environment, the complex social, economic, political and cultural processes through which the physical urban form is produced and consumed.

The conference has been held annually since 2007 in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. Be inspired by innovations and projects that are transforming cities. This conference is an opportunity for design professionals to exchange ideas and experiences, to be creative and visionary and to contribute to redesigning our urban futures. The program aims at developing a framework of ideas to provoke debate and speculate on new forms of practice.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Potential of mixed use places, spaces and precincts/districts
  • Regulating urban design
  • Safe city design
  • Transport
  • Design quality

Featured Speakers for 2018 Include:

  • Mr Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect, NSW Government
  • Ms Sue Weatherley, Director Strategic Outcomes and Development, City of Parramatta
  • Ms Sarah Hill, CEO, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW
  • Mr Andrew McWhinney, Manager, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Intelligent Risks
  • Ms Caroline Stalker, Design Director Urban and Principal, ARUP Australasia (QLD)

For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference, topics, to submit your application to present, registration and more please visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au