New activity centres, large and small require knowledge of mixed-use applications, placemaking and a team with the ability to negotiate a cohesive outcome through a complex approval process.
The development of various parcels of land will finance the delivery of the public infrastructure that will provide a civic sense of place.
The central boulevard is configured to enable the project to act as an activated thoroughfare and meeting space, not only for the proposed users but for the wider Preston community. It will facilitate the pedestrian connectivity from Quinn St and beyond.
The proposed masterplan seeks to actively reinforce the Darebin Creek corridor rather than impose upon the landscape. To celebrate it's unique natural setting a series of East-West Lanes have been provided to reinforce the connection between the Central Boulevard and the Darebin Creek.
The precinct will house a significant new mix of residential apartments, commercial offices, child care, food and specialty retail, cafes and restaurants, new community gardens, pocket parks, and the new civic plaza and facilities.
The real opportunity is to create a unique spatial and social outcome through the combination of activities and various public spaces. It will be developed through community forums and significant council engagement to deliver a unique outcome for the residents and visitors to Preston.
PATULLOS RD MASTERPLAN
LARA WEST, VIC
The proposed master plan seeks to actively reinforce the infrastructural assets of the area as natural connectors rather than impose upon the landscape. Our vision is to set a benchmark for sustainable and community-focused living. To achieve this, the Patullos Rd masterplan was based on upon the following strategic themes:
- Human-Scale / Connectivity
- Biodiversity / Sustainability
- Lively / Community Wellbeing
- Safe / Family Oriented
- Recreation / Healthy
The master plan for the site needed to provide maximum flexibility so that the client would be able to respond to requirements for different lot sizes, able to accommodate a diverse range of housing typologies including, detached dwellings, townhouses, and potentially apartment living.
The master plan features footpaths and bike paths throughout the site, extensive tree planting. Pedestrian and cycling access to the site is encouraged, the large variety of open spaces encourage both active and passive recreation.
The masterplan prioritises high-quality streetscape design to foster community and encourage active lifestyles. This initiative includes generous landscaping, wide footpaths, and narrow streets with slowed traffic. This will result in shaded, lushly landscaped streets that encourage walking, cycling and play while strengthening biodiversity and climate resilience.
OVERTON PLACE MASTERPLAN
PROJECT UNDERTAKEN WORKING WITH THE TEAM AT ROTHELOWMAN
The proposed development is located at Williams Landing, 19 km southwest of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The site is 300m North West of Williams Landing Train Station.
The site presents the opportunity for an integrated mixed-use development including, but not limited to: residential, hotel, office, education and community asset (library).
As the site is in close proximity to the Williams Landing Train and Bus Stations, the opportunity exists for the creation of a pedestrianised environment. A new 'through site' pedestrian link and central plaza will provide seamless integration between public transport and the surrounding context.
The public plaza is configured to enable the project to act as an activated meeting space, not only for the proposed uses but for the wider Williams Landing community. In addition, it will assist in creating a strong benchmark as a catalyst for the development of the broader precinct.
Project undertaken as an Associate at RotheLowman.
Project team: Arvanitis (Client), RotheLowman - www.rothelowman.com.au, Urbis (Urban Planner), Tract (Landscape Architect),Traffix (Traffic Consultant).
THE CONNECTED CITY MANUAL
METHODOLOGY TO REPAIR DISCONNECTED URBAN SPACES
The manual develops an approach to urban planning that focuses on the relationship between the built environment and people’s experience when using the city and puts people at the centre of the planning and urban design process.
It promotes the street as a place, that must be planned across the city, district, block, neighborhood, as a result of the human scale perspective. This departs from the idea of the street as a mobility device and towards the street as the foundation for public life, for cultural and social exchange, and for the promotion of liveable lifestyles.
The manual breaks the principle of a one size fits all planning methodology to include a street type design and rationale, that takes into account the recognition of different urban elements, the existing site conditions, and participants.
For cities, the manual outlines the methodology to repair disconnected urban spaces by making sense of the gap in urban thinking and the realisation of a city as a connected space for human activity and people's stimulation.
While exploring and presenting solutions to the above challenges, this manual reviews carefully chosen literature based on a theoretical exploration of modern and contemporary urban design thinking. Ranging from classic authors, such as Kevin Lynch and Allan Jacobs, to more recent urban thinkers such as Jeff Speck and Jan Gehl, among others. It also reviews the vision presented by the Urban Design Protocol for Australian Cities.
The images shown here are only snippets from the manual to show in part the method implemented to outline a disconnected urban path as well as the rigor employed to analyze each urban element along the path.
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