CHANGING PLACES | Exploring Drivers of Change in our Future Places

THURSDAY 17 - FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2022


Thursday 17 March, Online Conference 10.30am - 3.30 pm AEDT.

Friday 18 March, Workshop 8:30am - 11am, 1.00pm - 3.00pm Walking Tours, Sydney.




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.


17 MARCH | ONLINE CONFERENCE

10.30am - 3.30 pm AEDT

Hosted by Place Leaders Asia Pacific

WELCOME + INTRO

Speakers:

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 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


SESSION 2 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


SESSION 3 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



18 MARCH | IN-PERSON WORKSHOP & TOURS


IN-PERSON WORKSHOP

Hosted by NSW Smart Places, DPE 8:30am - 11am, Preston Stanley Room, Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney


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

PLACE-BASED SYDNEY WALKING TOURS

Hosted by Placemaking NSW, DPE

1.00pm - 3.00pm, The Rocks, Sydney

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



SPEAKERS


Simon Hunter, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Department of Planning and Environment


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


Sarah Barns, Co-Founder and Director, ESEM Projects


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

Frank Zeichner, CEO, IoT Alliance Australia


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

Michael Stott, Director City Strategy and Place, Urbis


Joanne Taylor, CEO, Place Leaders Asia Pacific


Matthew Jones, Events & Operations, Place Leaders Asia Pacific


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

Wayne Johnson, Senior Archaeologist, Place Management NSW

George Salouros, Director, Asset Management, Planning and Projects, Australian Institute of Botanical Science, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust ​


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