Thu 11 October
12pm - 4:30pm
This local city tour brought to you by ACO STORMBRIXX will link the 2 distinct Gold Coast place experiences.
Commencing at the Parklands Village Heart, the tour will walk the public domain of the former Athletes Village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games that is now finalising its post Games transformation into the residential, retail and community hub for the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct. This sector of the tour will be joined by the award winning landscape architects from Lat27 who will explain the design features of this masterplanned community development. We will tour the Village Heart disc and arbour feature with its large open greenspace, two man-made lakes and bespoke furniture. The carbon fibre composite disc designed by ARM Architecture to emulate the Natural Arch forms the centre point for the park.
Then we will have a short bus ride from the Games Village to walk the streets of Surfers Paradise accompanied by the urban design team from City of Gold Coast, starting at the Cypress Gardens Light Rail Station in north Surfers Paradise. We’ll walk the heart of Surfers Paradise down Surfers Paradise Boulevard with its 1960s arcades and advertising signs, then along the Cavill Avenue Mall to Surfers Paradise Foreshore for a selfie on the beach. The 2011 Foreshore redevelopment designed by Place Design Group with Council will be viewed before we walk down Elkhorn Avenue for post tour refreshments at the House of Brews in Orchid Avenue, nice and local it will give you plenty of time to get ready for the Awards!
Parklands Project, Southport (2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes Village): : Speaker: Damian Thompson* (Lat27)
Surfers Paradise City walk including Light Rail and Surfers beachfront revitalisation project : Speakers: Jack Bryce** (Gold Coast City Council) and Andrew Comer*** (Place Design Group)
Refreshments at the Pub at the House of Brews
Damian Thompson, Director, Lat27: As a landscape architect and one of the founding partners of the multi-disciplinary Design Studio Lat27, Damian’s working life has taken him to such exotic locales as Shanghai, London and Woolgoolga. Damian is passionate about the intergenerational potential of our public places - as long as they're site-specific & community-driven. Projects of Damian’s that pursue this aim include the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, Brisbane Showgrounds Master Plan and Southport Broadwater Parklands.
** Jack Bryce is Principal Urban Designer at the Office of City Architect in City of Gold Coast.
Jack provides advice across the organisation on urban design for civic design projects including Council’s significant infrastructure precincts such as Commonwealth Games venues, public artwork and light rail system development. Jack and the urban design team have developed urban design policies and strategies including streetscape design guidelines, Landscape Character Study, built form guidelines and place analysis projects with consultant partners. They advocate for improved urban design and place making outcomes with the City Building Seminar series and the Building Our City public domain use studies.
***Andrew Comer, Executive Director, Design, Place Design Group
Andrew has more than 30 years design experience, and demonstrates his passion for the ‘bits beyond the buildings’, drawing inspiration from his international experience, nature and the world in which we live. Andrew has been fortunate to work in numerous countries on a range of projects. From new town developments to small lot housing and courtyard design, large scale urban schemes, high end resorts, theme parks, civic space and beyond. Regardless of the project, all share a common thread - the desire to see the best design outcome. Andrew believes the integration of our works with the natural systems is a shared responsibility that is a given, as good design transcends the fashion of the moment. Design challenges are what make Andrew tick; finding the answer that works for the client and ultimately the end user. It is the satisfaction that comes from this that drags Andrew from the beach – most days.