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August 2013

David Lock Associates
Shortlisted in Melbourne
Design Awards

David Lock Associates has been shortlisted in the Melbourne Design Awards in digital experience – website category.

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David Lock Associates Celebrates at Engineers Without Borders Gala Dinner

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) celebrated their 10 year anniversary with an amzing Gala Dinner at Melbourne's Docklands.

The event celebrated EWB's achievements over the last 10 years.  Their contributions to humanitarian engineering have improved conditions and empowered local communities both internationally and in Australia.

The Gala Dinner attracted over 400 professionals from around Australia including engineering CEOs, philanthropists, education institutions, industry groups, EWB members and leaders in humanitarian engineering.  The highlights were some inspirational speakers from parterships in Cambodia and Australia and a cracking silent auction with items like Usain Bolt's running shoes and a Bob Dylan signed guitar.

David Lock Associates is a proud corporate partner of Engineers Without Borders, and are involved in the Engineers Without Borders Yorta Yorta Nation Partnership, working with the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Nation Corportation, GHD and EWB.

David Lock Associates were thrilled to part of EWB's celebrations, and share the evening with clients and collaborators.

Congratulations to EWB on a wonderful 10 years!  Love your work.

For more info on the Yorta Yorta Parntership, click here.  For more information on EWB, click here.

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New Victorian Residential Zones.
How will they affect you?

Amendment V8 recently introduced three new residential zones into the Victoria Planning Provisions on 1 July 2013.

What is changing?

The existing Residential 1, Residential 2 and Residential 3 Zones are to be replaced by three new residential zones:

- Residential Growth Zone (RGZ)
- General Residential Zone (GRZ)
- Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ).

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July 2013

David Lock Associates UK celebrates 25 years

This year David Lock Associates UK celebrates its 25 year anniversary. 

As part of the ongoing celebrations, David Lock Associates underwent a ‘rigorous’ training event at the Castlenau des Fieumarcon. A beautiful fortified village dating back from the
13th Century, nestled in the Gascony region of France.

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Wentworth Point DCP Amendment signed

David Lock Associates is pleased to announce that the DPC Amendment for Wentworth Point, Homebush has been signed into law.

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David Lock Associates go to Bendigo

The David Lock Associates team recently headed up to the regional City of Bendigo.

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It’s NAIDOC Week!

July 7-14 is NAIDOC week, time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As part of the festivites, DLA participated in NAIDOC week celebrations in Barmah (near Echuca) on Yorta Yorta County, where we helped to organise and run activities like cooking using DIY solar power, geo-tagging culturally significant sites and water actvities; all seeking to combine traditional cultural knowledge with modern techniques.

It was a beautiful day, and a gorgeous setting - perfect for a celebration!  NAIDOC week is a great time to reflect on how to further develop cross-cultural partnerships and and raise awareness of Aboriginal Culture.

Working on a pro bono basis, DLA are developing a Vision Document that paints a picture for the future use of Yorta Yorta nation assets and places. This will lead to self determination, business development, training and cultural development and renaissance benefiting the Yorta Yorta Nation and the wider community.

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David Lock Associates Appoints New Managing Principal in Sydney

David Lock Associates announces the appointment of Erin Saunders as Managing Principal in their Sydney operation.

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May 2013

Amruta Pandhe Promoted to Urban Designer


David Lock Associates are pleased to announce the promotion of Amruta Pandhe to Urban Designer.

Amruta has worked as an Assistant Urban Designer at DLA since August 2011 after completing a Masters of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne.

Amruta contributes to a range of planning and urban design projects at DLA, including a preliminary masterplan for Redfern and Waterloo and DLA's submission for 'Capithetical'.  Amruta also provides planning and design advice for public and private sector clients.

We congratulate Amruta on her promotion.

To view Amruta's biography, please click here.


DLA has a ball at the 2013 VPELA Ball

David Lock Associates' sent an enthusuastic team to the annual Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Gala Ball. 


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UiTM Planning Students in Melbourne

Recently we led a group of Malaysian students and lecturers from the UITM’s Planning Course in Kuala Lumpur, during their recent three day tour of Melbourne.

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April 2013

David Lock Associates Welcomes Planner, Holly Patrick

David Lock Associates is pleased announce the recent appointment of Holly Patrick.

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Enormous Opportunities for Development in the Asia Region

David Klingberg from David Lock Associates and representatives from Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) recently attended the Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Forum held in Manila, Philippines.

During the forum we heard about the enormous opportunities in the developing Asia region and took the opportunity to meet developers and infrastructure providers in both Manila and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Integrated Transport Planning are already working on bus rapid transit projects worth over US$1Million in both Manila and Cebu, Philippines.

For further information on ITP please click here.

Image: Peter Armitage (ITP) presenting to students

Metro Planning: Vancouver to Melbourne

DLA staff attended the ‘Vancouver to Melbourne’ lecture held by the Planning Institute of Australia, Victoria.  The lecture featured four top notch speakers, including Dr Ann McAfee, former Director of City Plans (Vancouver), Brent Toderian, Principal of Toderian UrbanWORKS (Vancouver), Rob Adams, Director of Design (City of Melbourne) and Roz Hansen, Chair Ministerial Advisory Council (Metro Planning Strategy, Melbourne).

The Canadian speakers introduced the audience to metropolitan planning in Vancouver, exploring the success of previous Metropolitan Strategies, which effectively delivered development and change to a growing region.  The process was inclusive, and popular amongst the community.  Rob Adams highlighted spatial inequalities in Melbourne and discussed what increased densities may look like in Melbourne.  Roz Hansen elaborated on spatial inequalities in Melbourne and explained the importance of a 20 minute city.
The panel discussion, moderated by Dr Crystal Legacy was a wonderful opportunity for speakers to respond to one another, as well as to questions from the audience. 


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What Would a National Capital Created in the 21st Century Look Like

This year, Canberra celebrates its 100th year as Australia’s capital city. There is a whole year of activities underway to commemorate this milestone, including a series of cultural events and activities embracing sports, science, innovation, the arts, Aboriginal culture, sustainability and more. As part of these celebrations an international design competition – CAPITheticAL, was created to re-imagine how an Australian national capital might be created in the 21st century. David Lock Associates in conjunction with Arup and Here Studios formed a team called The Engagement Studio. Our team was shortlisted from over 1200 entries as one of the top 20 and invited to progress to the next stage of competition.

Our entry, ‘The Roving Capital’ was based on the idea of a mobile seat of government that moves every 15 years to focus political attention on particular issues that were most relevant in a particular location and time period – for example, our first proposed location is the Gold Coast, to particularly address climate change, water management and foster links with Asia. The idea for a roving capital city is also focused on urban regeneration and driving growth in each of the areas it is based in. Solid legacy planning, and the promotion of flexible spaces and places are central to the proposal to ensure that the ex-capital cities continue to grow and evolve after the seat of government has left.

Our entry and the 19 shortlisted are currently exhibited at the Gallery of Australian Design until 11th May 2013. According to the CAPIThetiCAL catalogue, “the exhibition is a celebration of the talent, hard work and success of each of these individuals and project teams who have dreamt up alternate visions of an Australian national capital to captivate, challenge and inspire us”.

The winner was announced a few weeks ago – and we offer our congratulations to Ecoscape Aust (Fremantle) for their winning entry ‘The Northern Capital’.  Have a look at this entry, and others on the CAPITheicAL website.

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