UD1: K2K: Integrating Infrastructure Delivery with 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 Mr Richard Nugent, Director Urban Design at CM+ who will present on ‘UD1: K2K: Integrating Infrastructure Delivery with Urban Planning.

Abstract

How can urban renewal be managed by integrating transport infrastructure with planning to create well-designed, sustainable and liveable places?

Kensington and Kingsford town centres in Eastern Sydney are undergoing transition with the introduction of the Sydney CBD to South East Light Rail. The new infrastructure will directly impact on the centres’ identity, functionality and accessibility and has been a catalyst for considerable redevelopment pressure.

Randwick City Council has undertaken an innovative approach, including engaging CM+ to prepare the Planning Strategy for these adjacent precincts to guide change within the town centres.

Council took an innovative approach to the overall project, through implementation of a 15-year program comprising short, medium and long term planning and urban design interventions.

Council initially developed Light Rail Urban Design Guidelines to provide an overarching framework for place making and public domain improvements alongside the delivery of the light rail infrastructure.

To address the town centres’ longer-term planning needs, a strategic vision was established through an International Urban Design Competition which recently won the Greater Sydney Commission’s inaugural award in 2017 for “A Great Plan”. The competition called for fresh ideas to support the sustainable growth and rejuvenation of the town centres through high quality urban design.

The subsequent draft K2K Planning Strategy sets out the implementation actions to guide long term changes to land use, built form and the public domain. The Strategy contains measures to enhance the liveability, sustainability and economic prosperity of both town centres with a focus on design excellence and innovation.

Working via a collaborative process with Council, a best practice approach to integrating infrastructure delivery with urban planning has been established, to create well-designed and liveable places.

Winner: 2017 Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) Award | Best Planning Ideas – Small Project

Biography

Richard Nugent | Director Urban Design CM+ MArch Urban Design (Dist), Harvard University GSD, USA BArch University of Notre Dame USA Registered Architect – Registered Architect | Massachusetts, USA | Reg. No. 6948 NSW | ARB Reg. No. 9202 Member Australian Institute of Architects Member American Institute of Architects Member Planning Institute of Australia Dick is responsible for the design and management of major urban design and master planning projects at CM+.

He has local and international experience at all levels of master planning, design, documentation and construction administration on a wide range of projects, managing multidisciplinary teams throughout the design and delivery process. He is currently a design advisor to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, is a member of the Randwick Design Excellence Panel and a member of the newly created NSW Government Architect’s State Design Review Panel. He is currently the Design Manager for NorthConnex, a major infrastructure project in northern Sydney.

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

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UD1: Delivering Liveable, Smart and Sustainable Urban Renewal Using Green Star Communities

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 Mr Nick Alsop, Senior Manager – Market Engagement with the Green Building Council of Australia who will present on ‘UD1: Delivering Liveable, Smart and Sustainable Urban Renewal Using Green Star Communities’.

Abstract

Cities across the country are accelerating urban renewal and infill in order to meet increased demands of population growth. This is a huge opportunity to deliver precinct scale sustainable urban design, built form and infrastructure and contributing to the pressing urban agenda of reshaping our cities to be more liveable, smart, connected and environmentally friendly. The Green Star – Communities rating tool is a framework and certification tool that is being employed to achieve and demonstrate this. This presentation will look at how this rating tool works and its application in practice.

It will look at trends in development across urban renewal as well as give an introduction to Green Star Communities, and its delivery and application in practice across different sites. Those who have not heard of the Green Star – Communities rating system will learn how it works. Those who already familiar with it will learn what opportunities might be applicable for future projects, and how it can align with a city’s social, environmental and economic goals.

Nick will draw on work from leading edge Green Star Communities projects such as Green Square, Brisbane Showgrounds, Fishermans Bend, Barangaroo and West Village to demonstrate how sustainability and liveability is being integrated into project visions and goals, spatial planning, engagement, infrastructure, placemaking, design and construction. Nick will also reflect on the future trend for sustainable precincts in Australia in response to the global and local sustainability challenges, climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Biography

Nick has over 15 years experience in delivering city sustainability programs. At the GBCA he is responsible for the growth and strategy for the Green Star Communities tool, working with government and business stakeholders to apply the framework in delivering best practice sustainable precincts. Prior to this, Nick worked in a variety of sustainability roles at state and local government, including cities of Port Phillip and Melbourne, and Sustainability Victoria

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

UD2: Meaning and Experience: Landscape Narratives for a New City Heart for the Sunshine Coast

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 Mr Mark Fuller, Principal Urban Design and Landscape at Tract Consultants who will present on ‘UD2: Meaning and Experience: Landscape Narratives for a New City Heart for the Sunshine Coast’.

Abstract

The Maroochydore City Centre is being developed on the site of the former Horton Park golf course on the Sunshine Coast.
The re-stitching of the 53 Ha site with the fabric of the existing urban area will physically and conceptually reshape the City, providing a new heart for the “Central Business District for the 21st Century”: a focus for investment and community growth.

With over 40% of the site being developed over the next 20 years as open space, a strong design strategy for the public realm is critical in underpinning this ambition, guiding the creation of a new landscape and family of urban places which can evolve alongside, and be enriched by, the community as it grows.

A key pillar of the strategy has been the discovery and articulation of a unique identity and narrative for the public realm. As a site which has been extensively modified from its natural, low lying wetland character, a different paradigm was needed which could guide the design towards a renewed relationship with the landscape of the region.

The resulting design strategy explores the notion of the regional landscape as an ancient place that has been shaped and moulded by the elements, continually changing and adapting seasonally and over time, where it is possible to experience both drama and intimacy, and where water and the coastal environment permeate the community’s association with the region they love.
The proposed character is therefore derived from an exploration of aspects of the Sunshine Coast landscape which can provide analogies to the forms, materials and spatial character within the site, built on a platform of endemic and tested materials.

The aim is for a distinctive, recognisable and beautiful public realm and landscape that is responsive to its location and reflective of the wider region.

Biography

Mark Fuller FAILA AIA CMLI RIBA Mark has over 35 years professional experience, having worked extensively throughout Australia and internationally in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. He is a registered landscape architect in Australia and the UK, and an architect (United Kingdom). Mark’s work has focussed on the creative fusion of built form and the landscape, and the design of unique and memorable places. He has been responsible for the master planning and delivery of the public realm for new and existing urban environments and in the integration of new development in sensitive landscapes and communities. He was on the Sunshine Coast Urban Design Advisory Panel for 10 years, and has served on the Queensland State Board for Urban Places, and is a former National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

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.

Present 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.

Applications to Present and Registration are NOW OPEN!

Conference Topics Include:

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

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract (summary of your presentation) to deliver an oral presentation or poster presentation which addresses one or more of the conference topics. The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outline the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references. Please also submit 3 key learnings of your presentation, as well as a 100 word biography of each presenting author.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a Program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the Conference topics.

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