Size and the City: Our developers have some explaining to do

Every year we are informed that urban density across the entire Asia Pacific region has reached a record high. While our collective population continues to increase alongside the growing strain on our urban environments, we look to our developers and urban planners to provide solution. Whether you call it 'small living', 'slow living', 'low density' or 'high sprawl', where does the urban planner fit within the A+D community? And, more pointedly, what can we learn from development experiments around the world?

Moderator and Speakers

Holly Cunneen - Moderator

Deputy Editor of Habitus

Tim Greer from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

Dr Tim Greer is a director of the awarding winning architecture practice Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and has an interest in existing urban fabric and the cultural elements it embodies, treating each project as an individual opportunity to create fresh contemporary forms. Multi-award winning projects under Greer’s directorship combine urban renewal and new cultural uses and include Carriageworks Contemporary Arts Centre; Scots Church Apartment Redevelopment; Paddington Reservoir Gardens and The Glasshouse: Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre; The Bennelong Restaurant and the Kensington St Precinct including The Old Clare Hotel. His contribution to architecture was acknowledged by the Sydney Morning Herald‘s ‘Sydney’ magazine in their annual 100 Most Influential People issue, 2010.

Rasmus Frisk from arki_lab

Rasmus has extensive national and international experience working on large scale masterplans, building design and specific public space projects, collaborating with a wide range of clients including city authorities and private developers as well as with a distinguished list of architect and landscape architect firms. He is the co-founder and CEO of arki_lab in Copenhagen, an urban design, strategy and research office specialising in democratic processes and co-creation. His firm focuses on designing cities WITH people, and more specifically young people. Before this, he worked in leading positions at top firms like Gehl Architects on projects in Australia, China, the US, South America, and most of Europe. In addition to his work at arki_lab, Rasmus is also an Associate Professor at DIS, the Danish Institute of Study abroad, teaching international students in Architecture and Urban Design. Rasmus is a well-known guest speaker around the world, and has appeared at previous International Urban Design Conferences. His main focus area is the human dimension in architecture, urban design and city planning.

Glenn Harper from PTW

Glenn specialises in urban design and the making of urban places. A graduate of the University of Sydney, Glenn is a Senior Associate and Head of Urban Design at PTW. Glenn is passionate about urban place making. He successfully combines urban design and how this can translate into the public domain with inspirational projects that emphasise mixed-use transit orientated developments. Before joining PTW Glenn was a senior urban designer and architect at HASSELL and worked as an urban designer within the former UDAS of the NSW Department of Planning.

Seamus McCartney from Lend Lease

General Manager of Retail and Urban Regeneration