Cab West…to Festival State

Here’s a couple of recent presentations I’d like to share.

Caboolture West and the Cab Pat – Designing an urban extension for 70,000 people and 17,000 jobs in South East Queensland, delivered to the 7th International Urban Design Conference, Adelaide, South Australia  on 2nd September 2014.  And Goodbye Sunshine  – What can Queensland learn from the Festival State?  to the PIA Queensland Conference, Gold Coast, Australia,  25th September 2014 (thanks to Lisel who developed some of the slides for her UD Conf talk…Street Party!)

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    Arterial Mainstreets for People

    On Friday I participated in a workshop called Designing for all in Arterial Road Activity Centres. It was part of the AITPM (Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management) national conference.

    So, how do we have successful shopping and social streets that are also busy roads? My short presentation was about urban design and public realm issues, and I called it Arterial Mainstreets for People.

     

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      Caboolture West Masterplan

      The Caboolture West Masterplan which I worked on last year went on public display on Friday, as part of Moreton Bay Council’s new regional planning scheme. Well done to the hard working council planning scheme team! Cab West is an urban extension to the town of Caboolture. It is designed to be home one day to up to 70,000 people, with room for 20,000 jobs. There’s a new town centre too. Fun to design.  Challenging too.  The council have prepared a handy summary document, and my urban design rationale report can be downloaded too. I’ll try a longer post about some of the design features sometime…

      Illustrative masterplan for Caboolture West
      Illustrative masterplan for Caboolture West by MMcK
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        Adelaide first impressions #2

        Far too late now for first impressions. These ones were already in my notes.

        1. Gardening. Watching the garden grow and eating the leaves. Not bad work for a few growing weeks. Must be that ‘reactive’ soil. Getting to know a petrol lawnmower too.
        2. Slow starts. Everything starts later here. Works, shops, daylight. I’ve been refused service in a café post-cycle for getting there too early!
        3. Parkside is an inner suburb just south of the parklands, where we now live. It’s all solid, distinguished looking bungalows and older narrow stone cottages. ‘Single’ and ‘double’ fronters as they call them. The streets are quiet – where are all the joggers/passers by?…we are only 2km from the city!. But busy arterial roads bisect the quiet suburbs bringing workers from southern suburbs. My easy walk to work interrupted by tricky crossings of Fullarton and Glen Osmond Roads. There’s a crazy two and a half lane each way design on the busy roads too.
        4. First impressions of the Adelaide bungalow. A single storey brick house, low to the ground and with stone dressing and a deep verandah at the gabled front, for appearances. An ornamental front garden and a wicker fence too.   Big back yard with lemon or even a fig and olive tree sometimes and a rainwater tank. And a locally made Hills Hoist, of course.
        Welcome to the bungalow belt
        Welcome to the bungalow belt
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