Over 300 people attended the recent ACNU 2010 New Urbanism Congress and its related TOD Design Master Class and Charrette Training program in Adelaide in April.
Themed as “From Plans to Places”, the Congress focussed on presenting and reviewing built outcomes, including the successes and the challenges to do better. A lively and diverse program featured speakers and projects from around Australia, as well as several presentations by the three impressive international keynote speakers, Stef Polyzoides (CNU co-founder) from Pasadena in USA, Paul Murrain from UK, and Brian O’Looney, from Torti Gallas, in Washington DC. Many delegates agreed it was the best ACNU Congress yet, with high quality presentations, good interaction and discussion, and plenty of networking. The Congress Program and presentations will be placed on the ACNU website www.acnu.org in June.
The TOD Master Class spent three days developing design solutions for two distinctly different TOD sites – one in Woodville, an incremental intensification project around a station in an older established part of Adelaide, and the other in the northern suburbs – Elizabeth Regional Centre – a huge enclosed mall in a sea of car parking, with an empty site across the rail tracks.
During the Congress, delegates toured Mawson Lakes, now transforming into a surprisingly dense and lively mixed use place with a newly-built station, catalysed by university students and defence personnel. Other tours went to the emerging infill projects of Lights View and Lochiel Park, and incremental intensification projects throughout the City Centre. Delegates also got to experience Adelaide’s lively nightlife, as well as an opening reception with the famed Zoo pandas, Wang Wang and Funi.
Also in UDFQ 90: June 2010:
- Space for thought: the role of urban design on the Gallipoli Underpass
- ‘CABE DownUnder’ update
- Australia Award for Urban Design update
- Urban design – more than the ordinary and obvious!
- Street elevations – a critical element of the approval process?
- Reflections on ACNU Congress 2010
- Inspired by the conference
- International speakers of great value
- The next conversation
- Subtropical design in South East Queensland - handbook for planners, developers and decision-makers
- Impacts of climate change on infrastructure
- Moving people – solutions for a growing Australia
- ‘Climate design’ AECOM and Professor Peter Droege
- Integrated transport?
- Sustainability and urban design
- Urban design: small is beautiful
- Conferences, etc