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1st - 3rd September 2014

Adelaide South Australia


The 7th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the InterContinental, Adelaide from Monday the 1st to Wednesday 3rd of September 2014.


The conference “Designing Productive Cities” will explore the framework required for creating today’s cities, the process of designing and shaping our cities to make them more functional, attractive and sustainable.

We will examine affordable housing and diversity for “Gen Y” who are interested in more compact design models. For the rapidly growing ageing population sector, we will discuss isolation, location, ease of transport, mobility and affordability.

Designing productive cities also has other considerations including Social Equity, Inclusion and developing meaningful relationships and interconnectivity between Cities and Regional Australia.


Conference Streams will include but not be limited to:

* Visualisation
* Strategic Planning
* Whole City Thinking
* Urban Design Projects
* Urban Informatics / Smart Cities

* Active Transport
* International Design
* Issues in Construction
* Financing for Compact Cities

Deputy Premier’s message:

JoI am pleased to invite delegates to Adelaide for the 7th International Urban Design Conference.

Adelaide is consistently recognised as one of the world's most liveable cities and world-class urban design practices have helped to ensure Adelaide is a well-planned, vibrant city that is internationally competitive and thrives as a cultural centre.

It is the South Australian Government's vision that Adelaide is sustained as one of the great small cities of the world, where more people choose to live, work and invest. World-class infrastructure and innovative housing development reinforce the unique qualities that make Adelaide accessible and affordable.

Adelaide's strategic planning framework aims to stimulate growth and productivity and to accommodate the anticipated demographic shift. Fundamental to this planning framework is genuine and creative engagement practices with our community.

We know that the way to creating great places is putting the needs of people first. By engaging with a broad range of people and welcoming everyone's input into a conversation about our built environment, we are discovering new ways to create a vibrant city. Urban designers and our local community are jointly influencing Adelaide's liveability.

Adelaide SAAdelaide will continue to build on its rich planning legacy, and to use our collective creative intelligence to shape strong, safe communities and healthy neighbourhoods. We are honoured to be hosting the 2014 Urban Design Conference and we look forward to showcasing our initiatives, sharing ideas and learning more from the international urban design profession.

John Rau
South Australia


The Conference attracts delegates from a wide range of backgrounds including:

* Policy makers * Social planners * Town Planners
* Politicians * Architects * Urban Designers
* Senior public servants * Landscape Architects * Consultants
* City Governance personnel * Engineers * Demographers
* Development Industry * Academics * Researchers
* Infrastructure Fund Managers * Economic Commentators  


Confirmed Keynotes

  • Mr Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion, Manager Environmental Strategy & Policy, Auckland Council, New Zealand
  • Mr Robert Caulfield, Architect, Caulfield Krivanek Architects Pty Ltd, VIC
  • Professor Rachel Davey, Professor of Health Research, University of Canberra
  • Mr Ben Hewett, South Australian Government Architect and Executive Director of the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA)
  • Professor Graeme Hugo, ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, University of Adelaide, SA
  • Dr Christine Satchell, Senior Research Fellow, Urban Informatics Research Lab, Queensland University of Technology, QLD
  • Mr Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive, National Capital Authority, ACT
  • Dr Marcus Spiller, Economist and Planner, SGS Economics & Planning, VIC
  • Ms Caroline Stalker, Director, Architectus, Adjunct Professor, School of Design, Creative Industries, QUT

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Geoff Barker, Managing Director, PM+D ARCHITECTS P/L (WA/NT)
Dr Beau B. Beza, Program Director, International Urban and Environmental Management, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (VIC)
Mr Peter Edwards, Director, Archipelago, QLD
Sharon Mackay, Design Director, Office for Design and Architecture (SA)
Michael Neustein, Director, Neustein Urban (NSW)
Alistair Ray, Associate Principal - Head of Urban Design, Jasmax, New Zealand (NZ)
Kelvin Walsh, Director City Sustainability, Hume City Council (VIC)
Gay Williamson, Consultant, Research and guest lecturer at Canberra University (ACT)
Peter Sugg, Urban Design Australia Conference (QLD)

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Latest Updates



This year’s reviews were coordinated by Danny O’Hare at Bond University and conducted by academics and researchers at Bond University. (Danny O’Hare, Isara Khanjanasthiti, Bhishna Bajracharya, Ned Wales, Nigel Cartlidge, Matt Eagle),
Griffith University (Gordon Holden, Andrew Leach, Caryl Bosman, Aysin Dederkorkut) and QUT (Peter Richards).

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to those involved with this process.


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