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Public Space Design Forum

Design Innovation for Better Spaces and Greener Places

22 November 2019 | Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

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We are pleased to present the inaugural Public Space Design Forum taking place at the Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney on 22 November 2019.

The forum will provide a platform for discussion on policy and strategic planning for the design of new and existing public spaces. The agenda will feature a mix of policy driven sessions, interactive panel discussions and examples of best practice initiatives through a variety of case studies.

Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Policy priorities for unlocking public space potential
  • Planning livable cities
  • Project pipelines
  • Collaboration between public and private sectors
  • Designing for safety, accessibility and inclusivity
  • Data-driven urban planning
  • Best practice for community-focused urban design activities
  • Innovation in urban design – doing more with less



8:40 am

Opening Remarks from the Chair


9:20 am

10:20 am

Morning tea & Networking


10:40 am

11:10 am

  • Sutherland Shire Council has created a model for bringing back the locally indigenous tree canopy, which is called the Green Streets Program. This model has evolved over 5 years, resulting in 10,000 street trees being planted across the Sutherland Shire
  • The key role for the Green Streets Program is directing replenishment into the locations where people live and move the most to ensure the next generation of trees are working hard for those communities for the long term
  • The Green Streets Program objectives include preserving the Shire’s sense of place, using the right trees in the right spots for the long term, carrying out quality planting and maintenance, and engaging with the community about the value and benefits of trees

11:40 am

  • Lessons learned from the Market to Riverbank and Bank St Upgrade
  • Key considerations for designing for accessibility and inclusivity

12:50 pm

Lunch & Networking


1:40 pm

In late 2018, City of Parramatta Council in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District commissioned an SROI evaluation to assess the social and economic value created by Council’s parks and sportsgrounds, this session will cover:

  • A explanation of the process of conducting an SROI, the aim of which is to understand and quantify the social and economic value created by the parks and sportsgrounds provided and maintained by Council
  • Findings and reflections from the SROI project, including the value experienced by key stakeholders
  • How these findings will be used by stakeholders

2:10 pm

  • Creating a clear framework for design standards, objectives and outcomes
  • Lessons learned and stakeholder feedback

2:40 pm

This session will cover a chain of new public spaces in Sydney which are reshaping the way people live, work and move through the city.
These new public spaces will include:

  • The Goods Line
  • Darling Square
  • UTS’ campus heart
  • Future links to Central and Darling Harbour

3:10 pm

  • The project, which comprised of sculptural urban furniture, traffic signs, a spectacular lighting campaign and a graphic palette had a wide and ongoing appeal and impact
  • Finding links and synergies that add meaning to the public domain
  • Why Involving the community is key to adding to the cultural life

3:40 pm

Afternoon tea & Networking


4:00 pm

  • An overview of the Urban Design Protocol – Objectives and outcomes
  • A look at ASBEC’s work alongside the GBCA’s extensive work through Green Star
  • Why collaboration is key to urban design and place making

4:30 pm

  • Public and private stakeholder considerations
  • The human factor – Invigorating existing space to benefit the population
  • Creating a “child-friendly” city – How children can influence public space design
  • Designing for accessibility and inclusivity

5:10 pm

Close of forum


Packages Price
Package (One Day)$1695+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package (One Day)$1195+GSTEarly Bird

Event Pricing


  • Standard Rate $1,695 + GST – From 01 October 2019

Government / NFP Rate

  • Standard Rate $1,195 + GST – From 01 October 2019


Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost.

To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email
Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.


Alex O’Mara

Group Deputy Secretary, Place Design and Public Spaces, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Hannah Lloyd Hensley

Policy Advisor, Infrastructure Australia

Ben Hewett

Acting Government Architect, Government Architect NSW

Dr. Michael Rigby

Acting Deputy Director ,Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)

Katie Denoon

Canopy Coordinator, Environmental Health and Building, Sutherland Shire

Carina Green

Senior Landscape Architect, Design & Strategy, City of Adelaide

Lidia Lewis

Associate Landscape Architect, Advisory Planning and Design, Arup

Michael Maxwell

Lead Social Planner, Blacktown City Council

Professor Linda Corkery

Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW

Katie Wearne

Project Officer Social Outcomes, City of Parramatta Council

Councillor Nicholas Reece

Planning Chair, Melbourne City Council

Sacha Coles

Director - Design + Strategy, ASPECT Studios

Timothy Williams

Director, Tim Williams Architects

Jonathan Cartledge

Chair, Cities and Infrastructure Task Group, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council & Head of Public Affairs & Membership, GBCA

Professor Roberta Ryan

Director, Institute for Public Policy & Governance UTS

Natalia Krysiak

Architect, Hayball Architects

when & where

22 Nov 2019

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
27 O’Connell St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 8214 0000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Vanessa Maniatis
Conference Manager
0420 440 059

Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4425

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