As populations soar and new technologies arise, the need to build efficiently designed, community-centric cities has never been more pertinent. From attractive and safe public spaces to efficient mobility and transport facilities, the Australian Placemaking Summit will unpack all of the components that play a role in creating great places.
Taking place on the 26th and 27th of July 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Australian Placemaking Summit will bring together urban planners, architects, engineers, developers and policymakers for two full days of insightful presentations, panels and the opportunity to discuss business with a room full of like-minded professionals.
Opening up the Summit is Kylie Legge, founder and CEO of placemaking consultancy Place Partners and research tool Place Score, an innovative approach to gauging a location’s placemaking opportunities and measuring the qualities of existing urban spaces. Kylie will provide an overview of the placemaking scene in Australia, how it’s grown so far and where it’s heading into the future.
To provide a uniquely San Franciscan perspective, Robin Abad Ocubillo from the San Francisco Planning Department will join the Summit to share the city’s approach to placemaking and the design techniques being utilised to transform the urban landscape. As head of the Places for People program, the first of its kind in the US, Robin will provide some valuable insights into the progress made so far and the ways in which the initiative is streamlining the placemaking process.
Closer to home, Fred Holt from 3XN in Denmark is one of the architects behind the impressive Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney. Taking an innovative approach to sustainable architecture is the key mission at 3XN, and the Quay Quarter Tower and Sydney Fish Market projects are perfect examples of clever, contemporary and energy-efficient design.
Heading further North, Omar Barragan from the City Planning & Development Department at Brisbane City Council will share the city-wide design strategy for Brisbane. The strategy aims to reflect the unique charm and true character of Brisbane, whilst also shaping a strong sense of culture and ensuring a climate-appropriate approach to design. Omar will take delegates through the techniques being employed as the strategy is carried out as well as the importance of a people-centric attitude to urban design.
Speaking on the importance of considering people when placemaking, Frith Walker from Panaku Development Auckland will share her experiences with placemaking and urban design in New Zealand. Not just about decoration and creating aesthetically pleasing spaces, Frith will explain why functionality and efficiency are so important when designing public spaces and will explore the critical role of place in bolstering strong, healthy communities.
Covering topics ranging from public space management and urban planning to seamless transportation and sustainable practices, the Australian Placemaking Summit is the first of its kind in the country and not to be missed. With hours of valuable networking time and presentations from both local and international placemaking professionals, the Summit provides the exclusive opportunity to achieve a deep understanding of the placemaking world and build up a network of important industry connections.
The Australian Placemaking Summit will be held on the 26th and 27th of July, 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, please visit: https://www.placemakingsummit.com.au/