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CHANGING PLACES 

Exploring Drivers of Change in our Future Places

THURSDAY 17 - FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2022
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About the Event

Place Leaders Asia Pacific and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) are partnering on a unique two-day hybrid event across 17th–18th March. This online and in-person event will be an exploration of what is changing, how to manage change and preparing for future opportunities to deliver great public space outcomes.

 

Date & Time

Thursday 17 March, Online Conference 10.30am - 3.30 pm AEDT. 
Friday 18 March, Workshop 8:30am - 11am, 1.00pm - 3.00pm Walking Tours
Workshop location
Preston Stanley Room, Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Event Registration

This event is now closed. 

Program
17 MARCH | ONLINE PRESENTATION
Hosted by Place Leaders Asia Pacific
10.30 AM
WELCOME + INTRO

Joanne Taylor, CEO Place Leaders
Michael Stott, Director City Strategy and Place, Urbis
Simon Hunter, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Department of Planning and Environment

SESSION 1
11.00 AM
CONNECTION TO COUNTRY - FIRST NATIONS PRINCIPLES INFLUENCING PLACE OUTCOMES

Place outcomes offer rich opportunities to acknowledge, respect and embed First Nations stories, histories, principles and perspectives in the strategy, policy, design, and outcomes of the places we collectively deliver.

In this session we explore from a practitioner and leadership level, across Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand) how First Nations perspectives and principles are coming to influence traditional planning and urban renewal systems to find impact and real presence on the ground level.

 

Speakers:

Frith Walker, Head of Placemaking at Eke Panuku, Auckland.

Jonathan Daly, Manager, Urban Design & Heritage, City of Greater Geelong

Niels Wouters, Senior Design Researcher, Paper Giant
Susan Skuodas, Director, Place Management Sydney Olympic Park Authority

12.15 AM
BREAK
SESSION 2
12.30 AM
SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE

Sustainability and Resilience are fast becoming central to the place vocabulary as we grapple with a pandemic, bush fire recovery, floods, and population growth. They remind us of our humanness, vulnerability and need for social and community connections in times of change to ensure a robust, thriving and environmentally sound future.

In this session, we explore what it means to create places of humanness in times of change, how technology can be an enabler for the ‘people and place’ relationship and where to see the small-scale opportunities to embed inclusivity and diversity in large-scale developments.

 

Speakers:

Sarah Barnes, Co-Founder and Director, ESEM Projects 

David Martin, Manager, Public Domain Design Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Frank Zeichner, CEO, IoT Alliance Australia

1.30 PM
BREAK
SESSION 3
1.45 PM
STRUCTURING ORGANISATIONS TO DELIVER ON PLACE LEGACY 

Place as an approach and direction has slotted into many different levels of leadership within state and local government organisations. Titles such as place activation, place management, place coordinator, place and economic manager and community and place manager have populated the landscape. However, Place is increasingly shifting out of the operations within organisations, to take a position at the top.

 

In this session, we explore what it means to shift from silo operations to a ‘whole of organisation’ focus on place, what are the best-case or least effective scenarios, how do organisations create the collaborative relationships between agencies and directorates and align policies and strategies to deliver on place legacies.

Speakers:

David Doy, Manager Place Planning, Town of Victoria Park
Vanessa Gordon, Director, Place Branch, Public Space Division, Department of Planning and Environment
Malcolm Snow, CEO, City Renewal Authority Canberra, Australia; Chair, Place Leaders Asia Pacific

2.45 PM - 3.30 PM
WRAP UP AND CONCLUSION

Matthew Jones, Place Leaders Asia Pacific

18 MARCH | IN-PERSON WORKSHOP & TOURS
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Hosted by NSW Smart Places, DPE 
Location: Preston Stanley Room, Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
8.30 AM
WELCOME AND ARRIVAL

Tea and coffee

9.00 AM - 11.00 AM
AN INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY AND ITS ROLE IN CREATING GREAT PUBLIC SPACES

Presentation from DPE Smart Places team:

  • Showcasing the Smart Public Spaces Guide

  • Using data to make places better

  • The mechanics of smart public spaces

For further information and registration please link here.

PLACE-BASED SYDNEY WALKING TOURS
Hosted by Placemaking NSW, DPE
1.00 PM - 3.00 PM
TOUR 1 - ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR

Tracey Skinner, Education Program Coordinator – Aboriginal , NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

TOUR 2 - ARCHAELOGICAL HERITAGE TOUR

Wayne Johnson, Senior Archaeologist, Place Management NSW

 

For further information and registration please link here.

Speakers
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Simon Hunter, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Department of Planning and Environment
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Frith Walker, Head of Placemaking at Eke Panuku, Auckland.
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Jonathan Daly, Manager, Urban Design & Heritage, City of Greater Geelong
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Niels Wouters, Senior Design Researcher, Paper Giant
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Susan Skuodas, Director, Place Management Sydney Olympic Park Authority
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Sarah Barns, Co-Founder and Director, ESEM Projects 
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David Martin, Manager, Public Domain Design Sydney Olympic Park Authority
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Frank Zeichner, CEO, IoT Alliance Australia
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David Doy, Manager Place Planning, Town of Victoria Park
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Vanessa Gordon, Director, Place Branch, Public Space Division, Department of Planning and Environment
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Malcolm Snow, CEO, City Renewal Authority Canberra, Australia; Chair, Place Leaders Asia Pacific
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Michael Stott, Director City Strategy and Place, Urbis
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Joanne Taylor, CEO, Place Leaders Asia Pacific
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Matthew Jones, Events & Operations, Place Leaders Asia Pacific
Place Tours
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Tracey Skinner, Education Program Coordinator – Aboriginal , NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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Wayne Johnson, Senior Archaeologist, Place Management NSW
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George Salouros, Director, Asset Management, Planning and Projects, Australian Institute of Botanical Science, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust