From “empty useless space” to “the world’s most liveable city”
An exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, explores how Melbourne, Australia, developed its city centre from an “empty, useless space” to being named the “world’s most liveable city” by the Economist Magazine four years running.
The Postcode 3000 exhibition, hosted by Architecture and Design Scotland at The Lighthouse, shows the journey taken to animate the city centre and make it a lively and desirable place to live, work and socialise.
The exhibition was officially launched by Professor Rob Adams, Head of City Design, Melbourne, on Thursday 6 November. Professor Adams gave a sold-out talk about Melbourne’s transformation and how the work on re-making the city focused on streets and their life.
He was joined by Professor Alan Pert, Nord Architecture and the University of Melbourne. Professor Pert’s specific interest is in getting to the basics of the brief for change, understanding the needs of people, then using this to drive the right technology and the right strategy for the best architectural response.
A brief question and answer session took place following the lectures:
Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism at Architecture and Design Scotland, said, “This exhibition demonstrates how design allows cities and towns to make more of what they already have to attract investment.”
As part of the Postcode 3000 exhibition the Scottish Cities Alliance – a partnership of Scotland’s seven cities and the Scottish Government – outlines how its work programme will help the cities deliver economic growth through infrastructure and re-purpose their city centres to ensure investment that maximises impact.
The Scottish Cities Alliance’s Strategic Director Stewart Carruth said, “In Scotland, the challenge is to link investment ambitions to the streets, spaces and buildings that make up the fabric of our cities. The public life focus of the Melbourne approach is a pragmatic way to join up these opportunities. The Alliance welcomes the opportunity to draw this learning into our thinking, and share our ambitions for the future of Scottish cities.”
In 2014, the Scottish Cities Alliance agreed an ambitious set of City Investment Plans detailing £6 billion worth of investment across the Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling city regions. The subsequent approval of Glasgow’s City Deal brings the total value of investment opportunity across the cities to £10 billion.
Postcode 3000: A City Transformed? is open to the public at Architecture and Design Scotland, Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU, daily until 28 January 2015.
Here are some tweets from a talk given by Rob Adams and Alan Pert on 6 November 2014.