How Are Cities Responding To Urbanism?


If there is any city in Australia that should be

hosting an international conference on building height and density it is Brisbane.

The issue has been identified as the lead issue in the election campaign for Australia’s largest municipality and metropolitan planning authority, Brisbane City Council.

And now the Australian Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, together with the Brisbane Development Association, is bringing Ahmad Abdelrazaq – the man behind the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – to Brisbane for a symposium on how cities are responding to urbanisation.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Brisbane Chair John Flynn said Mr Abdelrazaq was ideally placed to lead the discussion of the impact of height and density on how cities are responding to urbanism.

“The issue come down to how these factors contribute to creating authentic public spaces, active streets and public realm,” Mr Flynn said.

“Dubai shows that height does not necessarily mean high density, but the answer for any city on the appropriate relationship between height, density and public realm must be unique to its place.

“The challenge is to have a discussion on the challenge of the growth of our urban areas and how our buildings respond.

“We are seeing emerging a distinctive Brisbane response to these issues, with the commercial building at 380 Queen Street that has a park through the podium linking two streets.

”But we are seeing something of a backlash in Brisbane against the scale of buildings, but with no context of the outcomes that these developments can deliver for public space.”

The one-day symposium on 1st September 2015 will feature addresses from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane thought leaders as well as a number of audience-interactive Q&A sessions.

The Urban Developer’s Adam DiMarco will moderate a heavyweight panel discussion including:• Mr Abdelrazaq, Head of Highrise and Complex Building Division, Samsung C&T Corporation
• Carol Willis, Director, New York Skyscraper Museum
• Professor Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Head of School and Dean of Architecture, The University of Queensland
• Craig Gibbons, Global Structural Engineering Leader, ARUP, and
• Malcolm Middleton OAM, Queensland Government Architect.

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