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Transforming Australia's Cities: RA0920

Prof. Robert Adams
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:42:18

Over the next thirty years, the population of Australia’s capital cities will double. There can be two responses to this; we can continue to expand our cities, or we can contain growth. Rob Adams is the Director of Design and Urban Development for the City of Melbourne. Adams uses Melbourne as a case study to explain how existing infrastructure can be adapted to accommodate a growing population and to produce a more sustainable, liveable and economically viable future. For example, by encouraging development along existing, road-based, public transport corridors, within the bounds of the tram network alone, an additional 730,000 people could be accommodated within Metropolitan Melbourne. 

  • Understand the specific tactics that can be used to plan our growing cities in a sustainable manner.
  • Understand the costs, dangers and impracticalities of proceeding with the current trends of expansion and outdated infrastructure.
  • Appreciate the vital role that government and planning bodies can play in driving our cities on a sustainable, liveable and economical path.
  • Possess knowledge of a variety of techniques that have been used to successfully revitalize Melbourne and varied European cities.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

    M.Urban Design, B.Arch AIA PIA

    Director of Design & Urban Environment, City of Melbourne, VICTORIA

    Through this portfolio, in 1985 Rob put in place the first comprehensive urban design strategy for the city. He has guided its implementation from strategic vision and implemented projects such as the City’s revitalisation project, Postcode 3000, Swanston Street, QV, Birrarung Marr, Queensbridge Precinct, Turning Basin and CH2.

    This comprehensive program over two decades is unique and has seen a reversal in the way the city is both perceived and as it functions. Rob’s division has received over 70 state and national awards for design excellence. Recent awards include:

    2006 - Places for People - Research Award (EDRA, USA)
    2005 - Australian Award for Urban Design - Places for People
    2005 - United Nations - World Environment Day 2005 - CH2
    2004 - RAIA - Josephn Reed Award - Birrarung Marr
    2003 - RAIA Presidents Award 2003 - City Edge Conference Series
    2003 - Lighting Design Awards - CBD Lighting Srategy
    2002 - RAIA - Joseph Reed Award - Vending and Amenity Facilities
    2001 - AIPM Restoration - Melbourne Town Hall Organ
    2000 - RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award - RMIT Urban Spaces
    He has been a visiting lecturer at RMIT and Melbourne University and in June 2004, the University of Melbourne recognised Rob's contribution to the University and the city with the title of Professorial Fellow within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.