The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held next month over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Mr Mark Fuller, Principal Urban Designer at Tract Consultants joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Meaning and experience: landscape narratives for a new city heart for the Sunshine Coast.’
The Maroochydore City Centre is being developed on the site of the former Horton Park golf course on the Sunshine Coast.
The re-stitching of the 53 Ha site with the fabric of the existing urban area will physically and conceptually reshape the City, providing a new heart for the “Central Business District for the 21st Century”: a focus for investment and community growth.
With over 40% of the site being developed over the next 20 years as open space, a strong design strategy for the public realm is critical in underpinning this ambition, guiding the creation of a new landscape and family of urban places which can evolve alongside, and be enriched by, the community as it grows.
A key pillar of the strategy has been the discovery and articulation of a unique identity and narrative for the public realm. As a site which has been extensively modified from its natural, low lying wetland character, a different paradigm was needed which could guide the design towards a renewed relationship with the landscape of the region.
The resulting design strategy explores the notion of the regional landscape as an ancient place that has been shaped and moulded by the elements, continually changing and adapting seasonally and over time, where it is possible to experience both drama and intimacy, and where water and the coastal environment permeate the community’s association with the region they love.
The proposed character is therefore derived from an exploration of aspects of the Sunshine Coast landscape which can provide analogies to the forms, materials and spatial character within the site, built on a platform of endemic and tested materials.
The aim is for a distinctive, recognisable and beautiful public realm and landscape that is responsive to its location and reflective of the wider region.
Mark has led the design teams of major global companies and his work has been recognised with many industry awards. With over 40 years professional experience, he has worked extensively in Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as in South East Asia, China, the Middle East, Europe and New Zealand. Mark is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a Fellow and former National President of the Australian Institute of Architects (FAILA), and a chartered member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI). He was on the Sunshine Coast Urban Design Advisory Panel for 10 years.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au