Water Sensitive SA and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities come together to present an overview of a suite of resources to guide design and inform decisions on quality urban infill in the “missing middle”.   Australia’s leading professors of architecture from Monash University and University of Western Australia have developed a catalogue of typologies for middle density living for greener, water sensitive infill developments.  To assess the performance of these typologies, water experts from the University of Queensland’ Advanced Water Management Centre have developed a framework to evaluate the performance of infill development at site-scale and at precinct-scale  that compares “business as usual” urban infill against the new typologies.  Join us in hearing about these designs and performance results, with specific reference to its application in the test case study precinct in Salisbury East.

Event Details:

Name:  The missing middle & more - typologies for a cooler, greener urban form

Date:  5th December, 2019

Time:  9am – 12:45pm

Venue:  Stamford Plaza, 50 North Terrace, Adelaide

Cost: Please  register,  and note the discounted rate for CRC for Water Sensitive Cities partners


Geoffrey London, Professor, School of Design, University of Western Australia

Geoffrey is Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia, a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne, and a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He previously held the positions of Victorian Government Architect (2008-14) and Western Australian Government Architect (2004-8), and has been involved in advising those state governments on a wide range of projects and on issues that include design quality, project procurement, heritage, master planning, sustainability and development strategies. Geoffrey maintains a role as a consultant on urban design, architecture, design review and architectural competitions.  Geoffrey is an active researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, and has a long-term professional and research interest in medium density housing and forms of delivery that provide better design and more affordability.

Nigel Bertram, Practice Professor – Architecture, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University

Nigel established NMBW Architecture Studio in Melbourne with Marika Neustupny and Lucinda McLean in 1997. Their architectural work since that time has been widely published and awarded across categories including single and multiple residential design, small public works, adaptive re-use of existing buildings and peripheral urban design strategies. NMBW’s work is known for its careful reading of existing conditions, at both an urban scale and the scale of individual inhabitation.  In 2010 Nigel completed his PhD through architectural project at RMIT University, where he taught for 11 years and was co-director of the Urban Architecture Laboratory research unit within the School of Architecture and Design. From 2007-10 Nigel was a member of the Sullivans Cove Design Panel, which advised the Tasmanian Government on urban design, planning and architectural matters within the highly sensitive Sullivans Cove precinct of central Hobart. He was recently appointed as a member of the Design Review Panel established by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

Dr Steve Kenway, Associate Professor, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland

Steve Kenway has over 28 years’ experience developed through senior roles in research, industry, government and consulting. His research focusses on analysis and management of water and related energy, GHG emissions, food, and cost flows through utilities, households, cities and economies. This involves developing frameworks and analysis tools for direct and embodied impacts of water supply, use and disposal. Energy efficient water security, integrated water and energy planning, water sensitive infill, and beyond net zero water are his current focus. Dr Kenway leads the water-energy-carbon group at The University of Queensland. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and attracted over $7m in research funding over the last decade.

Dr Marguerite Renouf, Senior Research Fellow, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland

Marguerite has worked on environmental sustainability research at The University of Queensland for 20 years, with a particular interest in the environmental evaluation of production systems and urban systems using environmental life cycle assessment, urban metabolism evaluation and eco-efficiency analysis.  Currently, Marguerite is a lead researcher with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, developing methods and metrics for quantifying the water-sensitive performance of Australian cities, using urban metabolism approaches. In this work she collaborates closely with urban planners, water manager and architects.

For any questions about the event, please contact Mellissa Bradley or Tammie Harold

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Last updated: 7th Nov 2019