Elias Torres - Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos Spain
AAA Black Talk 4 - Elias Torres ET0707
Elias Torres has made his mark in Spain, particularly in public works, for thirty years. In this in depth lecture he exhibits an array of his works, from a series of private residences in Ibiza, to his many restorations and finally his collection of public buildings and spaces. Using stunning images of these works Torres examines each in turn, defining the details small and large that combine to create each building, public space or bus shelter. He alludes to the rich architectural influences Spain, particularly Gaudi’s school, and Torres’ favourite Jujol.
In his entertaining discussion, Torres explores his own creative process and shares the foibles and difficulties that he has faced in restoration of historical buildings and spaces. Finally Torres explores his current work-in-progress of The Forum in Barcelona, with enormous scope and enormity in construction the viewer can appreciate the absurdism and joyfulness that Torres brings to all his works.
Jan Gehl - Gehl Architects Denmark
People Cities = Sustainable Cities JG0823
Jan Gehl is one of the world’s most eminent urban planners and is responsible for reshaping significant areas of many great cities, including New York, London, Copenhagen and Melbourne. He was also instrumental in mapping out Sydney’s future, towards 2030. He is a proponent of the pedestrian, street life and cycling within the city and has contributed to making Copenhagen one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Gehl highlights the often absurd design issues in our cities and he provides logical solutions to those problems. In doing so, he demonstrates that by creating “people cities,” we are also creating environmentally sustainable cities.
Bruce Eeles and Kathy Trelease - Partners Eeles Trelease Architects
BUILDING GREEN - a small commercial ET0822
The architectural firm of Eeles Trelease has a history of environmentally sustainable design. However, a new level of sustainability is achieved in their design for the commercial building located in Double Bay. Architects, Bruce Eeles and Kathy Trelease, describe the design approach and systems implemented in that pioneering building. The water management system is particularly impressive, with rain-water harvested for drinking and all sewerage water treated on site. Kathy Trelease outlines the challenges encountered during design and construction and the resolution of those challenges.Locate tools and materials published for use by designers relating to building for people with a disability and older people.
Ann McAfee and Larry Beasley - City of Vancouver
The Vancouver experience MB0718
Ann McAfee and Larry Beasley co-present a discussion of the successful planning of Vancouver, Canada. The rapidly growing city has successfully developed with the involvement of citizens in both planning and delivery, and received the label of being the most liveable city in the world. The planning process has been delivered around a number of strategies, including: to balance jobs and housing accessibility through appropriate land use and transport; to expand and protect a diverse and ideas based economy; to support social inclusion; allowing growth to pay for new services; create both a sustainable core and suburbs.
Paul Fairweather - Principal Fairweather Proberts
On edge | Off centre PF0530
Coastal architectural design involves a distinctive combination of environmental, political and economic concerns and for this reason is uniquely challenging. Paul Fairweather describes a diverse range of coastal architectural designs, undertaken by his practice, Fairweather Proberts Architects. An assortment of architectural types are presented including large and small scale apartment developments, warehouse conversions and high end housing developments. Paul explains the environmental issues, council restrictions and budget limitations encountered during these projects and the often unique ways in which these issues were addressed in his designs.
Eric Lume - Solutions Engineer, CCAA
Off-Form Concrete Wall Finishes EL0621
Eric Lume is a highly experienced Engineer with many years experience in concrete design and construction. In this discussion he steps through a recent document created by Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia, which provides standards for the Australian concrete industry. It is a guide to off-form concrete finishes including smooth or plain finishes as well as textured. It also investigates colour and weathering, and provides a framework for the selection of concrete finish types. All specifications for a concrete finish and issues for assessment and repair are reviewed.
Dr Terry Wiesner - MD, Douglas Partners
An Introduction to GEOHAZARDS TW0539
The “hazards” discussed in this lecture include slope instability, reactive soils, filling/very loose ground, contaminated sites, erosion and sediment loss, earthquakes, mine subsidence ,acid sulfate soils and saline aggressive soils.
Recognizing the need for geotechnical investigation is outlined as being a critical step in the building process. Sufficient information on subsurface conditions is needed on a site so that decisions can be made as to the feasibly of a proposed project and the likely cost.
This course is essential in understanding the importance of recognizing the need to investigate subsurface conditions to minimize the risk of future unforeseen problems in development.
Bill Anderson, Director of City Planning San Diego CA
FOCUS ON SAN DIEGO BA0711
Bill Anderson, Director of City Planning and Community Investment in the Californian city of San Diego, presents the history of planning for the city of San Diego. He explores the early plans and the rapid growth that the area has experienced. The nature of San Diego, it’s biodiversity and bi-national metro area with Tijuana, Mexico, provide unique difficulties for planning. The issues the coastal city has with water supply, a desire to increase sustainable power sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions are echoed in cities across Australia.