Melbourne School of Design, © John Gollings

On the fourth day of the conference, delegates made their way southward to the world’s most livable city, Melbourne, for a second round of off-site tours, social events, and presentations. The common program was held at the Melbourne School of Design, located on the expansive University of Melbourne campus in the heart of the city. Completed in 2014, the building’s advanced intricacies of construction and learning potential make it stand out as unmatched in the higher education built environment. It was designed following a “Built Pedagogy” concept, meaning that all architectural elements contribute educational value.

Thursday 2 November

Delegates traveled from Sydney to Melbourne in the morning (or the evening before).

12:30 – 1:30 PM Arrive at Melbourne School of Design, Melbourne University & Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 PM

Session 1: Melbourne: World's Most Livable City

During the opening session of the Melbourne program, representatives of state, local and regional planning authorities as well as think tanks on planning and infrastructure all shared their visions for Melbourne and the challenge of maintaining its title of “world’s most livable city” given the pressures of population growth, resistance to densification, ageing infrastructure and infrastructure delivery to underserviced populations.
Marfella

Chair: Giorgio Marfella

Lecturer, University of Melbourne
Larry Parsons

Larry Parsons

Director of Design, Ethos Urban
“Melbourne's High-Rise Future”
Jonathan Spear

Jonathan Spear

Executive Director, Infrastructure Victoria
“Victoria's 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy”
Roger Teale

Roger Teale

Head of Markets - Victoria, Lendlease Corporation
“Creating the Best Places for Melbourne”
3:00 – 3:45 PM Travel Time
3:45 – 5:15 PM

Session 2: Walking Tours

Delegates then left the classroom behind and participated in a handful of walking tours, exploring the city’s rich culture, heritage, and development projects via gentle strolls through the CBD and city fringe. Tours visited the Docklands area, Queen Victoria Market and Northern Fringe Precinct, Southbank, the Sports and Entertainment Precinct, the Arts Precinct, Collins Street, and the Melbourne Laneways. Click below to learn more details on the various tours.
6:30 – 8:30 PM Networking Reception, Melbourne Cricket Ground
A superb sporting arena at the heart of Melbourne, the Melbourne Networking Reception took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the Harrison Room and Dean Jones Bar – a modern and versatile space featuring sweeping views across the arena.

Friday 3 November

The second day of programming saw delegates flock to the Melbourne School of Design at Melbourne University for 12 presentations on the city’s unprecedented development. With the large number of speakers, the sessions were split into two theaters and carried out simultaneously. While theater one featured presentations in Session 3A: Planning for Rapid Growth in a Multi-Modal City, theater two hosted those in Session 3B: Utilizing Challenging Sites in Compact Urban Cities. After a brief coffee break, Session 4A: Designing for Mixed-Use and Multiple Users and Session 4B: New Challenges & Opportunities for Structural Engineers commenced in parallel.

  Theater 1 – Urban Theater 2 – Technical
8:30 – 9:00 AM Arrive at Melbourne School of Design, Melbourne University & Coffee
9:00 – 10:30 AM

Session 3A: Planning for Rapid Growth in a Multi-Modal City

Session 3B: Utilizing Challenging Sites in Compact Urban Cities

 

Chair: Shaun Schroter, Principal, Architectus

Neil Stonell

Neil Stonell

Partner, Grimshaw Architects
“Designing Transport for Growth: Melbourne Metro & Beyond”
Toby Lodge

Toby Lodge

Principal, HASSELL
“Transport and City Making”

Chair: Glen Pederick, Associate Director, Waterman Group

George Argyrou

George Argyrou

Director, Hickory Group
“The Future of Constructing Tall Buildings”
Richard Salter

Richard Salter

Structures Leader, Victoria and South Australia, Arup
“Intelligent Analytic Techniques Optimizing Development Over Complex, Ground-Level Infrastructure”
10:30 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Session 4A: Designing for Mixed-Use and Multiple Users

Session 4B: New Challenges & Opportunities for Structural Engineers

 

Chair: Simon Dick, Principal, Woods Bagot

Kate Frear

Kate Frear

Principal, Woods Bagot
“Collins Arch – Evolution of Mixed-Use ”

Chair: Phil Gardiner, Managing Director, Irwinconsult

Goman Wai-Ming Ho

Goman Wai-Ming Ho

Director, Arup
“Outrigger Systems for Tall Buildings”
12:30 – 2:00 PM Travel/Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Session 5: Off-Site Programs

The afternoon of the final day offered a site-specific exploration of Melbourne’s seminal tall buildings, including a wide range of office towers and vertical communities across the city. After learning so much about these exciting new developments during the days’ sessions, delegates were delighted to finally see some of them in person.

Click images below to learn more details on the various tours
1 Spring Street 664 Collins Street Collins Arch Melbourne Quarter Orica House
3:30 – 4:00 PM Travel Time
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Session 6: Off-Site Programs

Click images below to learn more details on the various tours
Aurora EQ Tower Mayfair Medibank Rialto
 
Day 0: Sunday 29 October 2017
Sydney Workshops
Day 1: Monday 30 October 2017
Sydney
Day 2: Tuesday 31 October 2017
Sydney
Day 3: Wednesday 1 November 2017
Sydney Off-Site Programs
Day 4 & 5: Thursday 2 November 2017 - Friday 3 November
Melbourne Brisbane