AA Roundtable: Urban precincts for new world cities

Presented by Architecture Australia, in partnership with Living Edge, AA Roundtable will explore Brisbane’s subtropical urbanity, promoting debate and discourse around key issues shaping the city today. This free public forum will be presented in the new Living Edge showroom in the James Street precinct, Brisbane, as part of the James Street Resort event series.

The September/October issue of Architecture Australia explored two significant pieces of city making in Australia, Cathedral Square precinct in Perth, a collaborative project led by Kerry Hill Architects, and the James Street Precinct projects of Richards and Spence. AA Roundtable will extend this discussion, with a focus on Brisbane, bringing together architectural practitioners and advocates for a conversation about urban precincts for new world cities.

Michael Keniger, contributing editor to Architecture Australia, will chair the discussion panel consisting of Ingrid Richards, Richard Coulson, Nathalie Ward and Mark Damant. Michael observes, in framing the topic, “The elevated pace of development within Brisbane’s inner core and the increasing scale of actual and envisaged projects have masked the more gradual evolution of new urban precincts and the reshaping of existing inner urban centres that together project the values and character of a more engaging and less abrasive city.” He asks, “How have these precincts come about, how are they defined and are there common principles at work that could serve to enrich the city as a whole and to foster the possibility that Brisbane could offer a diversity of inviting and rewarding urban experiences as it steps onto the world stage?”

Meet the panel

  • Ingrid Richards co-founded Richards and Spence Architects in 2008 with partner Adrian Spence. She is a member of the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel and the University of Queensland School of Architecture Advisory Board.
  • Richard Coulson is a director of Cox Architecture. Richard has undertaken a diverse portfolio of projects and has a strong reputation for master planning. He is a member of the Peer Review Panel of the Urban Land Development Authority.
  • Nathalie Ward is a director of Lat27. Nathalie works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams on urban projects. She is a member of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel and the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel.
  • Mark Damant is a global director and member of the strategic board of Woods Bagot. Mark is the leader of the Brisbane studio and is interested in tropical architecture and cultures and the ways to create spaces that resonate within these places.

AA Roundtable will be held on Friday 14 October from 4pm-6pm at the Living Edge showroom, 171 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley.

This is a free event but booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Book here.

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