City Building Seminar: Seven moves toward a resilient density

Presented by Tim O’Loan, Director Cities, AECOM Australia New Zealand

With the challenges to the cherished ‘liveability’ of Australian cities increasingly under threat this presentation looks at the motivations behind why our cities have become increasing denser, why people are still attracted to them and how the Australian city can define its own unique response to their context and the changing needs of society, including the more recent COVID-19. What then are the critical elements of a socially, environmentally and economically resilient Australian City?

This presentation seeks to look beyond the specifics of planning legislation, and toward the larger arc of city evolution, to better predict its future. To examine the motivations behind why we congregate and invest in cities, Tim has brought seven themes or ‘city shaping agents’ together to provoke thought and hopefully debate. The areas are explored through: innovation and employment precincts; culture and entertainment precincts; transit and land use coordination; water and power nexus; open space; and governance and social attitudes.

About Tim O’Loan

Tim leads AECOM’s Cities group across Australia and New Zealand, which seeks to identify and make possible critical urban and social infrastructure opportunities within major cities across the region. Through the application of independent research, Tim is focused and passionate about driving broad, integrated strategies that attract people and investment, and overcome financial and operational challenges for the benefit of the community.

Tim has worked on significant integrated developments and master planning projects in Australia and internationally. He has built a team focused on urban policy and development strategies that underpin world-class infrastructure that enhances the environment, equity, and economy of our cities.Recently Tim is focused on; the Fishermans Bend Employment and innovation District in Melbourne, the Melbourne Cricket Ground Deck Concept project, and is a member of the Creative Director team for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Event details:

Virtual event


12:30 - 1:30pm

Thursday 24 September 2020


Link to attend the virtual event will be provided once you have registered.

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