6th International Urban Design Conference DAY TWO!

Day one of the 6th International Urban Design Conference went exceptionally well here at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park!  Thank you speakers, sponsors and delegates for making it a superb event so far!  Today is shaping up to be another exciting and busy day!!

6th International Urban Design Conference kicks off today!

The 6th International Urban Design Conference commenced this morning at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.
The conference “UrbanAgiNation” urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities and will run through until Wednesday! Enjoy attendees!

Geyser wins at NZ architecture awards

The Fifth Estate 4th September 2013

Auckland’s Geyser building, New Zealand’s first 6 Star Green Star office-design rated building has won two categories at the 2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

Geyser, in Parnell, took out the commercial and sustainable design categories. The three-storey commercial building, a series of five sub-buildings with offices and retail space, was designed by Pattersons and is owned by Samson Corporation.

Architect Andrew Patterson said Geyser filled “the missing piece in sustainability”, which was about “quality, beauty and permanence”.

The Geyser Building
The Geyser Building

Samson general manager Marco Creemers said Geyser was not only a stunning building to look at but also “a very quiet and fresh environment to work in”.

“It gives you a great sense of pride to know you’re using less energy – no air-conditioning, a car stacking system and well thought-out lighting. You’re also saving water with rain harvesting, and reducing onsite waste with the Hungry Bin systems.”

Features include a 165-car stacking machine and a system of atriums with pedestrian linkages to promote networking and a sense of community.

Another is state-of-the-art eco-technology that enables the building to heat itself by trapping warm air between its walls in the winter, while in summer the entire outer skin opens electronically for full ventilation.

Mr Creemers said benefits were:

  • Using nearly a third less energy
  • Using half the amount of artificial lighting and water
  • Breathing 100 per cent fresh air (compared with 25 per cent in airconditioned offices)
  • Using a rainwater harvesting system to store and supply water to the toilets and irrigation system
  • Utilising showers, lockers and cycle parks to encourage active transport, as well as being close to major public transport hubs.

Clicker there to go read the original article on THE FIFTH ESTATE

MORPH MY CITY Infrastructure Rebirthing & The Creative City

As Australia’s cities embark on their largest infrastructure projects in decades, what infrastructure from our industrial past can be born again to contribute to the social and cultural life of the city?

Infrastructure like: – An iconic bridge and major city access route that now hosts a world-famous Bridge Climb and is one of Australia’s most popular attractions and at the top of to-do-lists – Sydney Harbour Bridge – An island that used to be a prison, ammunition depot and ship building yard and is now an event space and creative arts venue – Cockatoo Island – A train depot to hub for creative start-ups and popular farmers’ markets – Carriageworks

Just like Sydney, every city around Australia has major investments in industrial era infrastructure that are ready to be born again into the creative city. Those investments include over-engineered roads, parking structures and service lanes, water reservoirs, and waste plants. Rather than relegating these relics of the past to isolated, single use blights on communities, they can be born again to improve the ecological, social and economic performance of 21st century cities.

The 6th International Urban Design Conference welcomes RobertsDay Principal, Stephen Moore, who will be presenting at the conference next week 9th-11th September at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.  Mr Moore’s presentation focuses on a process to morph the infrastructure of the past into the great places of the future and the role of the hybrid urban professional in doing just that. He also shares techniques, tools and lessons for pragmatic innovation in this emerging field, using real-world examples that include: – How a car centric centre was reborn with a new public domain the equivalent of five Olympic pools – How a regional centre could shift $5M in funding from parking to cultural infrastructure – How an innovative parking structure could be the catalyst for a new arts district

Stephen Moore is a Principal of RobertsDay, based in Sydney. As creative coordinator and lead designer on major projects in Australia, New Zealand, China and United Kingdom, Stephen believes great places can be playful and profitable. Recent projects include infrastructure rebirthing in Coffs Harbour City to inspire a cultural renaissance, road dieting in Bondi Junction to create complete streets, a hybrid urban block called St.Thomas Place to kick start an arts district, and Vietnam’s Halong EcoCity where cultural symbolism also purifies a polluted river. Stephen also co-leads RobertsDay’s research and development unit. Over the last three years the firm has invested in developing its trademarked Great Places Process. Alongside his practice commitments, Stephen has taught at the University of New South Wales and Sydney University. At ACNU 2010, Stephen was invited to lead a master class in Adelaide. He is also a frequent public speaker with invitations including the keynote address at the Mackay Developer’s Summit, PIA’s Congress Highlights and the Alaska’s Projects Idea Bombing Sydney.

If you would like to attend Mr Moore’s seminar or any of the other speakers on our program registrations are still open to attend the conference … simply click here to register!

Railway Stations: Public Realm Gateways to Sustainable Futures of our Cities

Train stations are places of connection in our cities and are the gateways of urban space. They represent one of the most exciting places to experience. Some stations make great destinations offering shops, restaurants, museums and exhibition spaces to commuters.

While new architecture at railway stations acknowledge heritage, the urban spaces around them provide excellent public areas and rationalise functional needs. Grand spaces with monumental structures, including constant movement of people and trains makes for an exhilarating experience. Modern or historic, great train stations add another level of excitement in the regeneration of our cities. Adding into the mix of the sustainability paradigm, place making of railway stations transforms into sustainable urban centres and signature architecture, but how does it support an environmentally sustainable future?

The 6th International Urban Design Conference would like to welcome Phillip Roos of Sinclair Knight Merz and Deakin University who will be presenting this paper at the upcoming conference being held 9th-11th September at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

This paper reflects the journey of exploring the challenging situations of balancing the requirements between operational, functional, economic and innovative sustainable design solutions during the Flinders Street Station Design Competition in Melbourne. It highlights how the unique spatial, social and cultural circumstance of this world-renowned city railway station possesses specific resilient and sustainable design answers to a public realm and city space that challenge established thinking.

Phillip is a sessional academic at Deakin University, and is also the Global Practice Leader for Sustainable Design at Sinclair Knight Merz. He has been working as an architect, urban designer, researcher and advisor for over 24 years on an extensive range of projects internationally and in Australia. More recently he has been involved in advanced research projects relating to studies of sustainability and climate change resilience, including the identification of optimised design processes based on regenerative design and settlement pattern language theory.

If you would like to attend this seminar please click here to register.  Many other speakers and keynote presenters will be discussing topical issues and innovations in line with the conference theme “UrbanAgiNation” urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities.  Click here to view the program.