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UQ Placemaking Summit: Future Suburbs for a New World City

Date: 3 December, 2018

Categories: In the field, Ideas + Concepts, Arkhefield Initiatives

UQ Placemaking Summit, Future Suburbs of a New World City, Brisbane, South East Queensland, Queensland, Placemaking, Public Realm design, Arkhefield, Architecture, redesigning our suburbs

By 2038, the population of South East Queensland is expected to grow to over 5 million people. How will this impact on how we move, live and work in the middle and outer suburbs? How will urban planners, designers, community builders and city managers respond?

We recently attended the University of Queensland’s Future Suburbs for a New World City Summit and gained some interesting insights on what it takes to create great places in the suburbs – a critical objective for Brisbane and South East Queensland as it continues to grow.

As a studio we are focused on creating unique places for people that shape the fabric of our city, and it was important to us to be a part of the conversation – not only with our industry peers, but with policy-makers, community builders and entrepreneurs, too. Here is what we uncovered.

Brisbane has the opportunity to change itself,
mostly because of what it hasn’t yet done
.

To create successful places, we need to focus on what brings people together. By looking at ways to connect with each other and country, we can design places that relate to people by being authentic, accessible and adaptable to change. If we allow people to feel a sense of connection, ownership and responsibility for the places around them, they will be embraced and evolve with the community’s needs.

UQ Placemaking Summit, Future Suburbs of a New World City, Brisbane, South East Queensland, Queensland, Placemaking, Public Realm design, Arkhefield, Architecture, redesigning our suburbs, River Quay, South Bank, Brisbane

River Quay (source: eatsouthbank.com.au)

The spatial logic of suburbs – premised around
cars and the separation of uses – is
becoming less relevant.

The technological and demographic changes that are presenting themselves provide many suburbs with the opportunity to become ‘change hotspots’. With transport infrastructure lagging behind growth, there is greater threat of people becoming more disconnected – both within their suburb and the greater city. The suburbs that continue to grow are those that are well connected from both a transport and community perspective. Embracing technology, public transport and shared services assets such as Uber will only enhance this.

UQ Placemaking Summit, Future Suburbs of a New World City, Brisbane, South East Queensland, Queensland, Placemaking, Public Realm design, Arkhefield, Architecture, redesigning our suburbs, Nundah Village, Circa Nundah Village, Brisbane

Circa Nundah Village (source: familiesmagazine.com.au)

The creation of suburbs that thrive.

Below are some key ingredients for the creation of highly valued places:

 

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