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Monday 14 July 2014
Australia Award for Urban Design presentation dinner

6.30pm – 10.30pm
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Dress code is semi-formal

The 2014 Australia Award for Urban Design (AAUD) recipients will be announced at an awards dinner on Monday 14 July, 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.  The evening will include welcome drinks, canapés and a two-course dinner.

The Award was created by Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Urban Design Taskforce in 1996.  The AAUD recognises urban design projects of high quality in Australia and encourage cities, towns and emerging settlements to strive for improvement. It acknowledges the critical role of good urban design in the efficient and effective development of our cities and towns.


Tuesday 15 July 2014
BEMP 2014: Productivity by Design
9.15am – 5.00pm
Parliament House, Canberra


Welcome and Introduction


9.30am – 10.15am
City Deals- Transplanting the UK experience      


City Deals are an economic policy revolution. Forged as a strategy to lift the United Kingdom from its post GFC malaise, City Deals represent a new frontier in the pursuit of economic and productivity growth.  They are urban and economic policy merged as one, with cities at the centre.

The City Deals approach casts aside the thinking that leads to cookie cutter economic development strategies. They are bespoke agreements between a group of councils and the UK Government about how they will collectively grow a city as an economic zone.

Their unflinching focus on growth means that City Deals have been a catalyst for transforming how governments plan, build, fund and finance city building infrastructure in the UK.

So could this approach be replicated in Australia to not only turbo-charge our economy but also revolutionise our approach to urban policy? This session will explore the UK model and discuss its applicability in the Australian context.

–  Paul Low, KPMG


10.15am – 10.45am
Morning tea


10.45am – 11.30am
Climate Adaption – Designing for resilience, managing change


Resilience will become an integral part of our future communities’ design as predicted climactic changes become realities.  Strategic planning and land use planning can be powerful tools in keeping communities and assets out of harm’s way in the first place, and resilient urban design can create more habitable urban areas in the face of predicted variations in the urban microclimates.

Our panellists will explore the challenges of managing change in the built environment, the barriers to adaptation, and the opportunities for design to create more resilient communities. Using the ASBEC Built Environment Adaptation Framework as a guide the panellists will step through the adaptation priorities for government and industry.  The session will focus on the use of design, in its broadest sense, to create more resilient urban settlements.

The panellists will draw upon their experience and case studies to demonstrate the power of design in supporting resilience and the audience with their top priorities for action to support climate adaptation.

–  Professor Barbara Norman, Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Business,   Government and Law, University of Canberra
–  Brendan Nelson, Principal, MWH Global
–  Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens


11.30am – 12.15pm
Direct Action – Opportunities for Industry 

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, will discuss the Emissions Reduction Fund and how it will provide incentives for industry to reduce carbon emissions. John Thwaites, Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute, and Tanya Cox, former Executive General Manager, Property Services & Chief Operating Officer, Dexus and GBCA Board Director, will join Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia, for a panel discussion examining the potential for carbon abatement in the built environment and the opportunities for industry to access this scheme.

–  Professor John Thwaites, Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute
–  The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment
–  Tanya Cox – Executive General Manager, Property Services & Chief Operating Officer, Dexus



–  The Hon Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development


12.45pm – 1.30pm



1.30pm – 2.15pm

–  Tim Fischer


2.15pm – 3.00pm
Funding and Infrastructure Future

Infrastructure has entered the policy mainstream in recent years with issues arising from the project pipeline, funding and delivery now a regular feature in mass media. It is no coincidence that in parallel, our Infrastructure Prime Minister has declared unprecedented ownership of this agenda as a critical lever to increase productivity. These twin drivers present a fresh opportunity to advance more progressive evidence-based policy supporting infrastructure governance, funding, cost benefit analysis, procurement and delivery. The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Public Infrastructure is a key step towards this goal, and in its Draft Report has made significant headway towards real reform and smarter policies delivering real value for money outcomes for the tax payer. We must now seize the opportunity to move from policy discussion to policy implementation. Join the Hon. Jamie Briggs, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and our panel of experts to consider how.

–  The Hon Jamie Briggs MP – Federal Member for Mayo, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
–  Garry Bowditch – CEO SMART Infrastructure Facility
–  Dr Warren Mundy, Commissioner of the Productivity Commission


3.00pm – 3.30pm
Afternoon tea


3.30pm – 4.15pm
Building – Next Revolution

The latest use of technology and building innovation will be explored through two case studies. Rene van Meeuwen, architecture academic and founder and director of felix, will showcase cutting edge 3D augmented reality technology that features in the Australian exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Augmented Australia app featured in the Biennale allows users to interact with a suite of virtual material of unbuilt work and create 3D printed models.

In 2013 Cox Rayner won an international competition to design the National Maritime Museum of China. Director, Michael Rayner will outline the innovative design and sustainability features of this project which was awarded the World Architecture Festival 2013 – Future Project of the Year.

These exciting new developments are a key to the future innovation and growth of our industry.

–  Rene Van Meeuwen – Professor at The University of Western Australia
–  Michael Rayner – Director, Cox Architects


4.15pm – 4.45pm            
Wrap up

Event Concludes


‘BEMP offers an opportunity to explore the economic, social, environmental and governance issues that help shape national prosperity.’