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December 2012

DLA submit Planning Proposal for Wentworth Point

David Lock Associates has recently submitted a Planning Proposal for land at Wentworth Point, located to the west of Homebush Bay, Sydney.

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urban design, planning, sydney

November 2012

Young Professionals Shape Melbourne’s Future

An urban planner from DLA joined a select group of young professionals participating in the first of many roundtable workshops for Melbourne’s new strategic plan.  The workshop was held shortly after the Ministerial Advisory Committee released the discussion paper ‘Melbourne, Let’s Talk About the Future’.

Young professionals Norm (Greater Dandenong), Tamara (DLA, Unviersity of Melbourne), Mitra (SGS, Unviersity of Melbourne) and Andrew (Lateral Projects, Unviersity of Melbourne)


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visioning, urban planning

DLA in Wonderland at the Cardno Nexus Ball

On October 19, DLA staff donned their finest ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed gear and attended the 2012 Cardno Nexus Ball at 1000£ bend. 

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DLA Wins Port Melbourne
Views and Vista Study

David Lock Associates has commenced work in collaboration with the City of Port Phillip on a views and vistas study for the Waterfront Place Precinct of Port Melbourne.

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October 2012

DLA compete in Melbourne
Marathon 5.7km run

DLA competed in the 5.7km section of Melbourne's biggest fun run event, the Medibank Melbourne Marathon on 14th October 2012.

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Grattan Institute Report
on Flexible Suburbs

DLA staff attended a seminar facilitated by the Grattan Institute focusing on their most recent report ‘Tomorrow's Suburbs: Building Flexible Neighbourhoods'. The seminar provided an opportunity to hear from one of the authors, Jane-Frances Kelly as well as Andrew Whitson, General Manager – Residential Development Victoria of Stockland.

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urban design, social, planning, sustainable, density, urban planning

David Lock Associates appoints
Danny Hahesy as Associate Planner

Danny Hahesy joined David Lock Associates at the beginning of October to head the Town Planning team and ensure that the team continues to deliver effective development outcomes.

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Cross Cultural Awareness Training - Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Delegates from David Lock Associates recently completed a course offered by Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation ‘Yorta Yorta Cultural Insight Program’ held at Yenbena Training Centre.

The course included background on the history of the Yorta Yorta, local settings and experiences as well as a broader history of Aboriginal Australia. Activities included a visit to some of the local areas of cultural significance including the Barmah State Forrest and Cummeragunja.

The cross-cultural awareness training provided a valuable insight into Aboriginal Australia and explored a history so often ignored in Australia.

For more information on the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, click here.


Melbourne Marathon 2012

A number of DLA staff members have pulled out the trainers from the back of the closet and are in training to participate in the ‘Back to the G’ Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday 14th October 2012. Staff will participate in the 5.7km run and have the opportunity to cross the finish line on the grass of the famous MCG. 

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September 2012

International Urban Design Conference (IUDC)

This month, staff from DLA attended the International Urban Design Conference (IUDC) in Melbourne. Held over three days, the conference showcased a range of keynote speakers presenting innovative ideas from within the industry, as well as insights from other related industries.

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social, urban design, planning, healthy cities, sustainable

Exploring Urban Density: Maximising the Health Benefits and Minimising the Harm

The Heart Foundation presented an interactive seminar ‘Exploring Urban Density: Maximising the Health Benefit and Minimising the Harm’ on the 17th of August. The keynote speaker, Professor Billie Giles-Corti (University of Melbourne and University of Western Australia) discussed the link between the built environment and health. The evidence in support of density in terms of health benefits conveyed through walkability and access to amenities is increasing, however, Professor Giles-Corti asks what is ‘good’ density from a health perspective? What are the intended and unintended consequences of increased density? What types of amenities are associated with positive health in denser areas?

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healthy cities, urban planning, density, sustainable, urban design

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation Update

David Lock Associates’ partnership with the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (through Engineers Without Borders) has been bolstered by the appointment of 3 new Yorta Yorta staff.  Shane Charles, Aretha Briggs and Neil Morris have joined the partnership and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience (not to mention a cracking sense of humour) which has reinvigorated the partnership’s enthusiasm and commitment. 

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social, visioning

July 2012

Urbanized: A Lesson in Engagement and Communication

Recently staff from the DLA office joined 900 Melbournians at the Capitol Theatre for a screening of 'Urbanized: A Conversation About Urban Futures'. The film was followed by a panel starring Rob Adams (City of Melbourne), Gretchen Wilkins (RMIT) and Michael Trudgeon (Victorian Eco Innovation Lab).

The 90-minute flick included images that showcased many of the case studies that are well known throughout the industry. These include biking in Copenhagen, bus-rapid-transiting in Bogota, highlining in New York and slumming in Mumbai.

The film was simple but rich, communicating a number of urban design principles in a way that was accessible for those without experience in the field. It conveyed different perspectives and viewpoints on key issues affecting most global cities such as urban sprawl and transport and community engagement.

It also really emphasised a bottom-up approach to design (with examples from South Africa, Detroit and Chile). The focus was on small interventions that can make a significant difference in the way people experience their city.

Staff were able to take away how to present ideas to engage the general population about urban design, planning, landscape etc in an informative and visual way. Planning and urban design should be more accessible to the general population and making films like this can only help make people more aware.

A short preview is available (charges apply for the full version).


During the first week of July David Lock Associates got involved in NAIDOC week celebrations at the Darnya Centre in Barmah, regional Victoria. (NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.)

NAIDOC week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognises contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. Several local councils in Victoria and interstate, including Parramatta, Hobson’s Bay, Darwin and Moreland promote and sponsor activities throughout the week.

DLA, as part of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation partnership, is working alongside Engineers Without Borders and GHD to deliver a number of projects for the Yorta Yorta Nation.

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.

At the NAIDOC week celebrations DLA participated in a number of workshops with the local community, both indigenous and non-indigenous, to raise awareness of sustainability and the local environment.
NAIDOC week is a great time to reflect on how to further develop cross-cultural partnerships and and raise awareness of indigenous inequality issues.

DLA shortlisted for Capithetical Competition

DLA is hosting a collaborative consortium of design studios that includes here studio and ARUP that has been shortlisted in the international Capithetical competition. As one of 114 entries from 24 countries, DLA is now one of 20 entries moving onto the next stage. Our team name is 'The Engagement Studio'.

The idea of the competition was to imagine a hypothetical new capital city for Australia. You could choose to upgrade Canberra (or leave it the same!), build a whole new capital city, or do something completely different.

Our team considered the idea of a capital that moves around Australia every few years to where it most needed – a roving capital that acts as an impetus for revitalisation and regeneration.

The construction of necessary capital facilities is designed with the intention of their use after the capital has moved on. To ensure not to leave buildings and infrastructure behind that are not required. The design of each capital begins years before it moves in, with a grassroots, bottom up process of deep engagement with the community.

Congratulations to everyone on all the short listed teams.

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