Kirsten Bauer, Director of Aspect’s Melbourne Studio, has been talking recently at a number of significant professional events. She was invited to give two public lectures organised through the peak body of the landscape architectural profession – AILA – and she also presented at the the 5th Australian Road Engineering and Maintenance Conference.
One audience member was overheard to say, after Kirsten’s Queensland presentation, ‘Kirsten gives great lecture’.
AILA Queensland Public Lecture at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Kirsten’s spoke on ASPECT’s role in the Victorian Desalination Plant Project, highlighting the massive scale of the project, the technical challenges, the groundbreaking technologies being advanced in the construction of the largest living roof in the southern hemisphere, and how ASPECT Studios was placing the landscape architectural profession at the forefront of major infrastructural projects in Australia.
AILA Victoria Public Realm
AILA Victoria brought together an experienced and inspired group of speakers to explore the challenges of working in the public realm. Kirsten presented ASPECT’s award-winning strategy for the City of Stonnigton’s public realm. She emphasised the vital importance of expanding the idea of public realm out from ‘green space’ to encompass all spaces experience by the public. The Council-wide strategy is intended to bring together and coordinate the multiple and disparate elements of Council policy, and is now used to inform decisions across the whole of Council. Other speakers at the event included: Gilbert Rouchecouste, Managing Director of Village Well, and Kim Dovey, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne.
5th Australian Road Engineering & Maintenance Conference
Kirsten spoke about the design and politics of shared pathways, giving the audience the benefit of her years of experience and breadth of knowledge on urban form and of the often arcane processes that operate between initial design and final outcome. Speakers at the seminar also included: Scortt Graham from GHD; Damian Collopy, Senior Landscape Architect, Landscape and Urban Design, VicRoads Technical Consulting; Tim O'Loan, Associate Director Planning and Design, AECOM; and, Mark Frisby, Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture.
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