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April 2013

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.

February 2013

DLA and Connor Holmes Delivering Port Adelaide Renewal Project

DLA and Connor Holmes is happy to announce that it will be delivering the Port Adelaide Renewal Project for Renewal SA. The team brings a fresh approach and new energy to unlock the potential of the Port and revitalise the iconic harbour to provide a fresh confidence, certainty and ownership for the community.

The latent potential of Port Adelaide as a ‘living port’ has been well known for decades and whilst highly studied and analysed, the successful implementation of this vision has yet to be fully realised. 

“We recognise and understand the current un-realised potential of Port Adelaide as a major Regional Activity Centre and are excited about the prospect of leveraging the unique attributes of the Port into a dynamic and contemporary urban area with a sustainable local economy.”

We believe our team will provide the impetus to bring new life to the river and help make Port Adelaide become what other places pretend to be – a working Port embedded in a metropolitan community, ‘The real thing’. 

DLA’s design team will work with local based planners, land economists, traffic engineers, landscape and heritage architects to stimulate innovative and creative concepts for positive renewal, delivered with commercial know how and a sensitivity to the unique social, heritage and environmental issues of the Port.

The first stages of the project have commenced, and this significant project will be delivered by June 2013.

Image courtesy of Connor Holmes

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