Strategic Urban Design, Planning and Remaking the City – Rod Simpson

Calls for a greater emphasis on strategic planning beg the question of how the public can be better engaged, and how one possible future for a place can be compared to another. Rod Simpson outlines the idea of ‘strategic urban design’ as the basis for integrating planning, design and community engagement, using ‘real-time’ modeling of scenarios.

The lecture describes how the approach has been integrated into the Urban Design and Urban Planning programs at the University of Sydney for a number of Sydney case studies.


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Associate Professor Roderick Simpson is Director of the Urban Design Program at the University of Sydney and principal of simpson+wilson whose work ranges across architecture, urban design and strategic planning. In 2007 and 2008 he led the urban design and spatial planning for the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy which showed how the City of Sydney could significantly improve its environmental performance and liveability. Since co-authoring Greenpeace’s Strategy for a Sustainable Sydney in 1992, he has been an active advocate of ecologically sustainable design principles.

He was instrumental in the formulation of BASIX, and more recently worked with Kinesis on the PRECINX sustainability assessment tool for Landcom: which has received both state and national planning awards. He also has an interest in cultural planning and is a board member of the Historic Houses Trust, Australia and is a member of the UrbanGrowth NSW project review panel.


Categories: Art & Design, Landscape, Lectures, Reconstructions, Town Plans Urbanism


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