13 December 2021
Reimagining Brisbane’s inner city project is underway.
About 100 of Brisbane’s biggest and boldest thinkers attended a briefing last week to learn about and register their interest in helping to reimagine Brisbane’s inner city.
The Committee for Brisbane, Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), with research support from The University of Queensland, launched a collaboration to “reimagine the inner city”.
The project will explore the future, or futures, for Brisbane’s inner city to 2050 and consider what strategies and actions could be put in place to ensure the city centre recovers its vibrancy and continues to play its role as the city’s economic heart, focussing on five key themes:
The reimagining project is scheduled to start in early 2022 and deliver its outcomes by mid-2022, including providing a submission as part of Brisbane City Council’s City Centre Master Plan review.
To express your interest in being involved in one of the workshop groups above, please email [email protected]
23 November 2021
Brisbane in 2050 – what could the inner city look like? After nearly two years of harsh COVID-19 impacts on Brisbane’s CBD and inner suburbs, the city’s major economic centre is struggling.
Cities around the world are using the challenges from the pandemic to reinvent and reimagine their central business districts, including radical and positive changes in transport and mobility, activation and urban design.
The Committee for Brisbane, Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, with research support from The University of Queensland, have launched a collaboration to “reimagine the inner city” (defined as the CBD, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill, South Brisbane and Woolloongabba).
The project partners welcome Brisbane City Council’s launch this week of stage one of the City Centre Master Plan review and look forward to the 2050 reimagining project contributing to council’s engagement process.
Committee for Brisbane CEO Barton Green said the reimagining project would explore the future, or futures, for Brisbane’s inner city to 2050 and consider what strategies and actions could be put in place to ensure the city centre recovers its vibrancy and continues to play its role as the city’s economic heart.
“This reimagining project has been created to generate a positive and proactive response to the Committee’s annual Inner City Vitality Report, the fourth edition of which was released in early November, that has painted a pretty bleak picture of our inner city economy for the past couple of years,” Mr Green said.
“With the support of baseline research being conducted by The University of Queensland, the project will access and analyse data to provide a sound platform to inform decision-making.”
Planning Institute of Australia State Manager, Queensland and NT, Matt Collins said the project’s objective was to encourage blue-sky thinking about the inner city’s future.
“Using the significant skills and experience of our collective memberships, we want this collaboration to reimagine Brisbane’s inner city over the next 30 years and produce new work that considers megatrends and issues and sets out future directions for Brisbane,” Mr Collins said.
Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter President Dr Michael Lavery said the project also proposed to positively influence city-making leading into the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, while responding to the opportunities and challenges of COVID-19 for city centres.
“Importantly, the reimagining project will look to propose a group of transformational, city-building projects to help reshape and revitalise our inner city,” Dr Lavery said.
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Queensland President Tessa Leggo said the project partners wanted to facilitate a cross discipline, no-agendas review of Brisbane’s inner city.
“We’re excited that we’ll soon be inviting Expressions of Interest from specialists and big thinkers from across our memberships to share their expertise and views, to reimagine what Brisbane city can be,” Ms Leggo said.
The reimagining project is scheduled to start in early 2022 and deliver its outcomes by mid-2022.
For more information, please contact Committee for Brisbane CEO Barton Green on 0411 702 209.