Transport and City Making

Toby Lodge
Principal
HASSELL, Brisbane

Transport is one of the key infrastructure assets of any city, ultimately underpinning liveability, connectedness and economic performance. In Australia, our biggest cities are frequently recognized as some of the world’s most liveable. They generate a significant share of the nation’s productivity, and in recent decades, have been a key focus for urban infrastructure investment. For our cities to reach their full potential, high capacity public transport will continue to be a critical ingredient. The best cities recognize the need for a holistic mindset to successfully translate aspirations and investment to greater liveability and a higher performing economy. The movement network must be fully integrated with the fabric, activity, life and experience of the city. Drawing on experience from the design and planning of underground, rail and light rail systems across Australia, the presentation explored the how traditional approaches to transport, urban design and land-use planning are being challenged to realize more liveable, sustainable and higher-performing cities. It explored the activities being undertaken in these cities in concert with the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure projects to maximize public benefit and unlock a future rich in potential.