IUCN World Parks Congress presentation by Noel Corkery

The 6th IUCN World Parks Congress was held at Sydney Olympic Park in Nov. 2014. Last held in South Africa in 2004 the Congress attracted 5,000 delegates from 160 countries.

Noel made the presentation in a new stream titled “Improving Health and Wellbeing: Healthy Parks Healthy People”. Western Sydney Parklands was used to illustrate why urban parks matter in creating healthy and liveable cities. The presentation was made in collaboration with Suellen Fitzgerald, Director of the Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trusts. Noel was first involved with the Parklands ten years ago when he led a visioning process that led to the creation of the Parklands and Trust. The Congress provided an opportunity to reflect on lessons to be learnt from development of the 5,280 ha Parklands in the rapidly developing western area of Sydney.

Corkery Consulting selected for Rosenthal Public Domain Design Competition

Corkery Consulting has been selected by Lane Cove Council for the Rosenthal Public Domain Design Competition together with four other consultant teams. Concept designs are to be prepared for a 5,200 m2 public space on top of a new structure incorporating retail shopping and parking for 500 cars.

The public space will be linked to the existing Lane Cove Plaza and provide a combination of cafes, amenities and outdoor recreation as a place for people to meet, socialise and be entertained. A series of existing arcades provide an opportunity to integrate the new public space with retail areas to the east and south.

Council intends to exhibit the five alternative concepts generated by the design competition to obtain community comment and input. Preferred design ideas will then be selected by Council for inclusion in a brief for the detailed design and documentation of the entire development, including retail and car parking components.

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Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA), Sustainability in Public Works’ Conference, Tweed Heads, 27-29 July 2014

Linda and Noel were invited to make a presentation at the Sustainability in Public Works’ Conference held by the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA) from 27-29th July at Tweed Heads. The paper made the case for greater collaboration between public works engineers and landscape architects to create better quality and more sustainable public domain.

Paper Abstract:

Cities are now the primary habitat of humans, but we are still learning how to live sustainably in them. Modern cities are in a constant state of transformation; both physically and socially. Achieving sustainability requires a multi-disciplinary approach to a complex process in which engineers and landscape architects engage to plan and design future urban environments. Our effectiveness will be greatly increased if we can collaborate more effectively in our dealings with other professions, decision makers and communities. The Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA) and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) have a unique opportunity to provide leadership to encourage collaboration between their members.