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Waterfront Public Spaces and Their Role in Connecting the People to the Water.

There is a magic in cities built upon water bodies, the harmony between the built environment and nature. The waterbody itself — a lake or river — is often the reason why a city even exists.
August 6, 19:00
Nature Center Ended
August 6, 19:00
Nature Center Ended
Yet throughout the 20th Century driven by mercantilism, many cities solely utilized their waterfronts as ports, hubs of manufacturing, freight and logistics, displacing the more intimate and important connection between the people and their waterfront as a source of recreation and relaxation.

In the 21st Century, as alternative means of manufacturing and transport are being utilized, many global cities are now presented with opportunities to reimagine their waterfronts, to re-establish the intrinsic relationship between the waterfront, the city, and its people.

This lecture will explore the revitalized waterfronts of three of the world’s great cities, Sydney, Singapore, and Shanghai, which have been catalyzed by diverse, dynamic public open spaces and high quality of landscape, materials and the water itself.

About the speakers: 
Lachlan Abercrombie
Lachlan is a Director at COX and responsible for overseeing the international and national urban design and planning team in Sydney. He graduated from the University of New South Wales. Throughout his professional development he has attained an extensive knowledge of urban design and city-shaping principles and practices which he has put to use in a broad array of projects over the last 12 years at COX. He has project experience across a range of disciplines and at a variety of scales. Gives lectures in different universities and has professional publications.
Lachlan Abercrombie participated in such projects as the development of a master plan for the Westmead Innovation District (2018), the design of West Sydney infrastructure (2015), the development of the open waterfront master plan, Shanghai Yangpu Waterfront Master Plan (2013), the construction of the Australian National Maritime Museum (2008), the design of Sydney University (2008), and the University of Malaysia, (2008).
Arthur Stefenbergs
Graduate Designer, studied Architectural Technology at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, holds a Master degree in Architecture of University College Cork, Ireland. Arthur is giving lectures at universities. Architecture, for him, isopen to interpretation and his philosophy is focused on creating designs that will have a positive influence on people today and into the future.

Arthur has a strong foundation of Australian and international experience. Was involved in projects: Victoria Cross Metro Station ISD (Sydney), Electronic Systems Project Office + Utilities
Building (Amberley), Aeromedical Hub (Archerfield Airport), domestic Airport (Sydney).
Outside of Architecture Arthur is always involved in other projects. He has
designed and built furniture with Tim Wahrlich ( Each year he collaborates in design competitions.
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