City-shaping benefits are key to successful 2032 Games 

8 March 2024

The professional associations representing Queensland Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners, and Designers have urged governments to ensure collaborative city-shaping and community-focused legacy is central to future decision-making for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

With the state government’s 60-day infrastructure review now complete, these four public interest professions want to see good design and long-term planning at the centre of decisions around legacy and games infrastructure.

We want to see an ambitious legacy, infrastructure and venues agenda that unlocks much-needed community and city benefits from the 2032 Games, bringing forward strategic investments needed to cater for our growing and changing population, according to AIA, AILA, PIA, and DIA.

Amy Degenhart, AIA Queensland President said: “The Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are unique - being hosted across multiple venues and sites in SEQ and Queensland - rather than the traditional approach of a consolidated Olympics park or precinct. For Brisbane 2032: the ‘cities’ are the venue.”

Tessa Leggo, AILA Queensland President said: “We know the individual infrastructure projects are expected to feature high quality design outcomes, yet the legacy relies on quality urban and landscape design across the precincts and in the connections between them. This stitching together is critical and should be viewed as a strategic investment rather than a cost.”

Sean Cullen, PIA Queensland President said: “Ensuring the community benefits from tangible, positive change - like enhanced connectivity, investing in a green grid, and a step-change in place governance – will be vital to building and maintaining confidence and trust in the lead up to the Games.”

Daniel Spat, DIA Queensland Chair said: “Good design of the in-between spaces and wider precincts of venues will make for an amazing experience for spectators, athletes, and media during the weeks of the Games, as well as importantly delivering the long-lasting legacy benefits for residents and visitors to Brisbane, SEQ and Queensland well into the future.”

Together the Institutes make a combined offer to work closely with governments, industry, and community to ensure design and planning expertise is leveraged to deliver collaborative city-shaping legacy that can be celebrated for years to come.

Together, the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Planning Institute of Australia, and Design Institute of Australia represent more than 25,000 professional architects, landscape architects, planners, and designers nationally, who are ready to contribute to making Brisbane 2032 a success, well beyond 10 years after the Games.