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Most Melbournians are aware of Fisherman’s Bend, the largest urban renewal program in the city for decades. Industrial land, close to the city and the Port of Melbourne, is to be redeveloped into high density mixed use neighbourhoods. The creation of a new piece of city is a complex endeavour involving complementary and competing interests. From the start government decisions have generated controversy. Four experts in urban design with detailed knowledge of what is proposed and what is possible presented their ideas at this year’s Conversation.

This year’s EVAN WALKER CONVERSATION featured a timely discussion of the challenges and opportunity of Melbourne’s new “city within the city”.

The Conversation is organised annually and sponsored by Housing Choices Australia and the Melbourne Design School, University of Melbourne, where it is held in the new Design Building.

The key note speaker was Leanne Hodyl, Managing Director of Hodyl+ Co. Leanne is an urban designer and was commissioned to do the urban design strategy for Fisherman’s Bend. Her presentation can be downloaded below – it is a comprehensive outline of development to date and the future strategy for the site.

A panel discussion followed the presentation. The three expert panelists were Mark Woodland, Director Echelon Planning; Lucinda Hartley, founder of Neighbourlytics, a tech start-up specialising in social data; and Shelley Penn, urbanist and architect .

A well informed audience engaged in a lively Q&A following the panel discussion.

Download the presentation by Leanne Hodyl HERE

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