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By Amruta Purohit and Kathryn Cuddihy
Transport projects shape the future urban form of cities. The Victorian Government recently allocated $2.4 billion in the 2015-16 Budget to remove 50 of the most dangerous level crossings from the Melbourne network. While the primary aim of any transport project should be the focus on creating benefits for all community members, does this current series of projects go far enough?
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Unplanned cities and urbanisation is one of the greatest challenges facing developing countries, resulting in “slums, sprawl, housing and infrastructure shortages, and social segregation”, according to the United Nations.
This leads to cities that are unsustainable, prone to exclusion and unfit for purpose.
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‘The fastest, best-connected places will win in the new global economy.’- John Kasarda
Transportation infrastructure has always shaped business location, commercial activity and urban development. Just as highways were the main drivers of urban development in the 20th century, and railroads in the 19th century, airports are now becoming the main determinants of business location and growth in the 21st century.
David Lock Associates and ARUP are pleased to announce the winner of our Re:imagine the Junction student competition is Carlos Reyes. Carlos is an Urban Design post graduate student from the University of Melbourne.
David Lock Associates has provided urban design input to inform the preparation of the Tunstall Square Structure Plan. The Structure Plan will inform and provide direction for future land use and built form of the centre over the next 20 years. The Plan sets out a number of actions intended to ‘stitch’ the two parts of the centre and to the surrounding urban fabric and to stimulate local economic and social needs. More specifically, it provides strategic direction and detailed recommendations to improve the identity of the public realm and landscape needs.
By David Klingberg and Julia Bell
Cities the world over are facing difficulties in waste management, scarcity of resources, air pollution, human health concerns, traffic congestions and inadequate, deteriorating and ageing infrastructure are among the more basic technical, physical and material problems.
These challenges require an urgent response and smart ways to manage them.
David Lock Associates UK Managing Director, Lawrence Revill, was recently in the country to help our Australian offices celebrate 15 years.
Putting the needs of the new economy at the heart of future Employment Lands Planning.
During the recent Federal Election, the major party campaigns have failed to convince that the Federal Government is best placed to tackle the changing economic, social or environmental issues that our major cities face.
Likewise, at state level, the lack of integration between land use planning and infrastructure delivery has plagued metropolitan strategies. State Government seems increasingly mired by apparent short-term thinking when making decisions over how our cities develop. Local authorities continue to struggle keeping up with the infrastructure demands of an increasing population and changing demographic.
Transport plays a significant role in shaping the future of cities. The Age recently reported the backlogs in Melbourne’s Transport project and identified the gaps between the planning stage and estimated implementation stage of our transport infrastructure projects.
By Max Walton
So for the second year running Melbourne has taken the title as the world's most liveable city. The Economist Intelligence Unit, which measures cities against a number of criteria including healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and crime, places Melbourne ahead of cities such as Vienna, Vancouver and Sydney. However, staying at the top of the 'liveability' tree will require a shift in the state of mind of planners and designers alike. It will need a more creative approach to development from all sectors of the industry.
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)
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.
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.