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Architectus 14th Annual Design Charrette kicks off in Brisbane

Across Australia, design teams will come together over the next three days to imagine what it takes to build a sustainable community within the labyrinth of Brisbane’s topography, infrastructure and history. The site in focus is Roma Street precinct, Brisbane, Queensland – a place of reinvention and renewal.

Our design teams, formed nationally across our five studios, are tasked with weaving together the layers of this once shared place. The remnant sites of the Roma Street precinct have been created by the forces of movement taking priority over form. As designers, we will conceive a city beyond the boundaries of our present uncertainties and future fictions.

Architectus National Lead, Urban Futures and Resilience, Alex Lawlor said: “The transformation of the Roma Street precinct for a future Brisbane requires that we skilfully interpose different linkages and new alignments. We are challenged to find new forms and typologies that lay the ground for the emergence of a resilient and sustainable community.”

Initiating the day one of Charrette are a line-up of industry-leading speakers to inspire and brief the teams about the precinct, including:

  • Shannon Ruska, Tribal Experiences, Welcome to Country
  • Carroll Go-Sam, Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Queensland, speaking to ‘Designing on Countries’
  • Bianca Beetson, Director Indigenous Research, Griffith University speaking to ‘Designing for Countries’
  • Kirsty White, National Manager, Stategic Design + Master Planning at Lendlease, speaking to ‘Olympics London Legacy – 10 years on and 10 years to Brisbane Games’
  • Sarah King, Supercyclers, speaking to ‘Sustainable Design thinking and the new Design Formula’
  • Professor Paul Burton, Director, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, speaking to ‘Planning Positive Precincts’

Project team leader acknowledgements:

  • Graduate Wilfred Cheung and Associate, Len Parker
  • Graduate Anais Gowland and Associate, Daniel Stanning
  • Graduate Gene Hyun and Associate Darrin Rodrigues
  • Graduate Damian Shannon and Associate Zoe Teltscher-Taylor