K2K Urban Design Competition

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K2K Urban Design Competition

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Randwick City Council held an international design competition in 2016 to identify the best ideas and designs to help shape the future planning for Kensington and Kingsford.

The design entries were on public exhibition from 21 September until 5 October 2016 and were developed in response to a design brief prepared with the help of the community.



Winner

The winner - JMD, Hill Thalis + Bennett and Trimble - was announced on 17 October 2016.


Finalists

Background

Sydney is experiencing significant change and the City of Randwick is too. The new light rail together with forecast growth in housing and jobs means that Council and the community need to take control of shaping our future. Kensington and Kingsford are important precincts and there have already been a number of proposals for new developments that Council has said no to. We want to work with the community, and the best minds in urban design and architecture, to develop a plan for Kensington and Kingsford which will deliver great places to live, work and visit.

Council is holding an international design competition to identify the best plans and ideas for Kensington and Kingsford. The competition will run in two stages – an Expression of Interest stage, where design teams will put forward why they should be considered as finalists; and a Competition stage, where the shortlisted finalists will create designs and ideas for Kensington and Kingsford.

Thank you for your feedback

Randwick City Council held an international design competition in 2016 to identify the best ideas and designs to help shape the future planning for Kensington and Kingsford.

The design entries were on public exhibition from 21 September until 5 October 2016 and were developed in response to a design brief prepared with the help of the community.



Winner

The winner - JMD, Hill Thalis + Bennett and Trimble - was announced on 17 October 2016.


Finalists

Background

Sydney is experiencing significant change and the City of Randwick is too. The new light rail together with forecast growth in housing and jobs means that Council and the community need to take control of shaping our future. Kensington and Kingsford are important precincts and there have already been a number of proposals for new developments that Council has said no to. We want to work with the community, and the best minds in urban design and architecture, to develop a plan for Kensington and Kingsford which will deliver great places to live, work and visit.

Council is holding an international design competition to identify the best plans and ideas for Kensington and Kingsford. The competition will run in two stages – an Expression of Interest stage, where design teams will put forward why they should be considered as finalists; and a Competition stage, where the shortlisted finalists will create designs and ideas for Kensington and Kingsford.

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  • K2K Urban Design Competition winner announced

    4 months ago
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    The winner of the K2K Urban Design Competition was announced last night, 17 October 2016, at an awards ceremony at the University of NSW, with JMD, Hill Thalis + Bennett and Trimble chosen as the winning entry by an independent jury panel.

    The unique $300,000 ideas competition called on the world’s best architects and planners to envisage ideas for the future of the Kingsford and Kensington town centres with feedback from the community.

    The winning entry proposed a number of exciting ideas for the town centres including:

    • Widening the footpath on Anzac Parade to create the ‘People’s Boulevard’
    • Six... Continue reading

    The winner of the K2K Urban Design Competition was announced last night, 17 October 2016, at an awards ceremony at the University of NSW, with JMD, Hill Thalis + Bennett and Trimble chosen as the winning entry by an independent jury panel.

    The unique $300,000 ideas competition called on the world’s best architects and planners to envisage ideas for the future of the Kingsford and Kensington town centres with feedback from the community.

    The winning entry proposed a number of exciting ideas for the town centres including:

    • Widening the footpath on Anzac Parade to create the ‘People’s Boulevard’
    • Six new urban centres and a civic space along Anzac Parade
    • New parklands within walking distance from Anzac Parade
    • Hundreds of large and small trees dotted along the corridor
    • An open watercourse, revealing the hidden stream under Kensington
    • Creating Racecourse Park, next to Royal Randwick
    Mayor of Randwick, Noel D’Souza, said the competition was initiated by Randwick City Council as a first step in developing new planning controls for the area to help the community take back control after a number of unsolicited planning proposals were lodged by developers seeking to drastically increase building heights.

    “Kensington and Kingsford are already going through enormous transformation with the introduction of the light rail and it’s important that Council identifies new ways to see how we can better support local residents and businesses for the future.

    “The benefit of the competition is that it allowed us to seek ideas from Australia’s best architects and urban planners to help inform our planning controls for Kensington and Kingsford for the years to come. The public provided feedback into the original brief as well as on the final entries, which has helped us better understand what the community is hoping to see for the area as it grows and develops.

    “Council staff will be reviewing the entries carefully and we’ll use the best and most practical concepts to help inform future planning controls, however Council is under no obligation to use all or any of the ideas,” said Mayor D’Souza.

    The finalists were judged by an independent jury, with JMD, Hill Thalis + Bennett and Trimble chosen unanimously as the winner for its diverse range of public benefits, including identification of more public spaces as well as considerations regarding the integration of light rail, roads and pedestrian access along Anzac Parade.

    Media enquiries:
    Eleanor Garth – 0411 273 976 or eleanor.garth@randwick.nsw.gov.au
    Joshua Hay – 0402 351 459 or joshua.hay@randwick.nsw.gov.au

  • K2K Urban Design Competition exhibition now open

    5 months ago
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    Four of Australia’s leading planning and architectural teams have submitted their entries for their vision for the future of Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres as part of Randwick City Council’s K2K Urban Design Competition, worth $300,000 in prize money.

    Each entry was asked to respond to a brief developed by Council and the community, asking them to provide their ideas for a vibrant, sustainable and liveable future for Kensington and Kingsford.

    The public is invited to provide their feedback on the final entries, with the winning entry used to help Council identify the best ideas and designs to shape the... Continue reading

    Four of Australia’s leading planning and architectural teams have submitted their entries for their vision for the future of Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres as part of Randwick City Council’s K2K Urban Design Competition, worth $300,000 in prize money.

    Each entry was asked to respond to a brief developed by Council and the community, asking them to provide their ideas for a vibrant, sustainable and liveable future for Kensington and Kingsford.

    The public is invited to provide their feedback on the final entries, with the winning entry used to help Council identify the best ideas and designs to shape the future planning for Kensington and Kingsford.

    The four shortlisted teams are:

    · JMD, Hill Thalis + Bennett and Trimble

    Team Comprising: James Mather Delaney Design Landscape Architects, Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, Bennett and Trimble Architecture and Urban Projects

    · SJB, ASPECT Studios, Terroir, SGS

    Team Comprising: ASPECT Studios Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, SJB Architects and Urban Design, SGS Economics and Planning, and Terroir Architecture and Urban Planning

    · CODA Studio

    Team Comprising: CODA Architecture and Urban Design, Realm Studios Landscape Architecture, and GTA Transport consultants

    · Future Parade

    Team Comprising: JBA Urban Design and Planning, Stewart Hollenstein Architecture and Urban Design, Arcadia Landscape Architecture, The Transport Planning People and Jess Scully

    Following public feedback, the winning entry will be chosen by an independent expert jury consisting of Malcolm Snow, Ben Hewett, Jennifer Neales, Kerry Clare and Tim Greer.

    Mayor of Randwick, Noel D’Souza, said he is excited to see what the finalists have come up with to rejuvenate Kensington and Kingsford in the years to come.

    “We’re now in the exciting phase of the competition where we get to see what the finalists have come up with for their vision of these lively town centres.

    “Importantly, we want the public to review the entries and give us their feedback on what they think of the submissions because at the end of the day, Council is seeking to take on the best ideas to revitalise the area,” said Mayor D’Souza.

    The public is invited to provide their feedback on the final four entries - entries can be viewed online or in person:

    · http://www.k2k.sydney

    · Meeks Street Plaza in Kingsford (24/7)

    · Masonic Centre at 199 Anzac Parade in Kensington (3pm-6pm weekdays or 10am-12noon on Saturday).

    The exhibition is open from 21 September to 5 October before the winner is announced on 17 October 2016.

    Further details about the community consultation and K2K Urban Design Competition can be found on the dedicated competition website www.k2k.sydney.


  • Finalists announced in K2K Urban Design Competition

    7 months ago
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    Four of Australia’s leading planning and architectural teams have been chosen to put forward their vision for the future of Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres as part of Randwick City Council’s K2K Urban Design Competition.

    The four shortlisted teams competing for $300,000 in prize money are:

    • ASPECT Studios Urban Design Team comprising: ASPECT Studios Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, SJB Architects and Urban Design, SGS Economics and Planning, and Terroir Architecture and Urban Planning
    • CODA Architecture + Urban DesignTeam comprising: CODA Architecture and Urban Design, Realm Studios Landscape Architecture, and GTA Transport consultants

    Four of Australia’s leading planning and architectural teams have been chosen to put forward their vision for the future of Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres as part of Randwick City Council’s K2K Urban Design Competition.

    The four shortlisted teams competing for $300,000 in prize money are:

    • ASPECT Studios Urban Design Team comprising: ASPECT Studios Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, SJB Architects and Urban Design, SGS Economics and Planning, and Terroir Architecture and Urban Planning
    • CODA Architecture + Urban DesignTeam comprising: CODA Architecture and Urban Design, Realm Studios Landscape Architecture, and GTA Transport consultants
    • JBATeam comprising: JBA Urban Design and Planning, Stewart Hollenstein Architecture and Urban Design, Arcadia Landscape Architecture, The Transport Planning People and Jess Scully
    • JMD designTeam comprising: James Mather Delaney Design Landscape Architects, Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, Bennett and Trimble Architecture and Urban Projects

    The four teams were chosen by an independent expert jury consisting of Malcolm Snow,Ben Hewett, Jennifer Neales, Kerry Clare and Tim Greer.

    Each team will now need to respond to a brief developed by Council and the community and provide their ideas for a vibrant, sustainable and liveable future for Kensington and Kingsford.

    The Mayor of Randwick Noel D’Souza said he is excited to see what the finalists will produce as they rethink the future of Kensington and Kingsford.

    “This won’t be an easy task as the four teams will need to respond to a brief that the community has helped to develop over the past four weeks. Our jury will be looking for innovation, creativity and sustainability.

    “The construction of the light rail through this area provides us with an opportunity to innovate these suburbs along Anzac Parade to create a new streetscape that is inviting to residents, students, visitors and businesses. We want to see ideas that will revitalise this neighbourhood and leverage the benefit that light rail will bring.

    K2K Competition Strategic Advisor and UNSW Professor of Planning Practice Sue Holliday said the quality of entries was very high.

    “The Jury was impressed by the overall quality and diversity and of the submissions received. In responding to the complexity of the brief, many of the assembled teams represented a broad mix of design skills,” Prof. Holliday said.

    “This was in keeping with a Brief that emphasised the need for multi-disciplinary design teams that could demonstrate broad experience in innovative thinking and social, economic and ecological design.”

    The K2K Competition commences on 8 August 2016, and closes on 16 September 2016.

    The entries will be on public exhibition for public comment from 21 September to 5 October 2016 and the winner will be announced on 17 October 2016.

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    Media enquiries:

    Eleanor Garth – 0411 273 976 or eleanor.garth@randwick.nsw.gov.au
    Joshua Hay – 0402 351 459 or joshua.hay@randwick.nsw.gov.au

  • K2K international design competition: Council and community take control of Kingsford and Kensington’s future

    8 months ago
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    The world’s best architects, planners and urbanists are being invited to take part in an international design competition to imagine a vision for the future of the Kingsford and Kensington Town Centres in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

    Randwick City Council is putting up $300,000 in prize money as part of the K2K Urban Design Competition and is encouraging applicants to think creatively to generate ideas for the town centres to be sustainable and innovative.

    The community will also be involved in the project and will help develop the brief for the competition as well as providing feedback on the... Continue reading

    The world’s best architects, planners and urbanists are being invited to take part in an international design competition to imagine a vision for the future of the Kingsford and Kensington Town Centres in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

    Randwick City Council is putting up $300,000 in prize money as part of the K2K Urban Design Competition and is encouraging applicants to think creatively to generate ideas for the town centres to be sustainable and innovative.

    The community will also be involved in the project and will help develop the brief for the competition as well as providing feedback on the entries to assist the independent expert jury consisting of Malcolm Snow, Ben Hewett, Jennifer Neales, Kerry Clare and Tim Greer.

    Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza said K2K is a big-thinking project with a strong community partnership.

    “The town centres of Kingsford and Kensington run along Anzac Parade and are an important transport corridor. The townships have changed considerably over the years and are going through another period of change now with the construction of light rail.

    “They both have developed distinctive characters with Kingsford emerging as one of Sydney’s undiscovered eat streets strongly influenced by the close proximity of UNSW and NIDA.

    “While the town centres have many strong qualities, I think people recognise there is room for improvement and increased vitality. We owe it to the thousands of people who live, work and shop here every day to make the town centres strong, attractive and exciting places for people.

    “While change is inevitable, what we can control is how it works for Council and the community. The K2K Urban Design Competition will be the catalyst to develop new planning controls for the town centres to ensure they are unique places full of life, learning and people,” Mayor D’Souza said.

    The K2K Urban Design Competition is also a direct response to manage a number of unsolicited planning proposals received from developers.

    “In the past 18 months Council has received five unsolicited planning proposals from developers seeking to build residential towers of up to 26-storeys (approximately 85m) which is well in excess of Council’s planning controls. This is clearly inappropriate and Council and the State Government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel has refused the proposals.

    “Last year I met with the Minister for Planning to discuss a process for dealing with these types of proposals to ensure a consistency of approach. I welcome the Minister’s support for this competition which will develop a coordinated and strategic approach to this important corridor.

    “Now is the time to develop strong planning controls so that Council and the community can determine the future we want rather than leaving it to adhoc planning proposals,” Mayor D’Souza said.

    Throughout July 2016 Randwick City Council will be conducting a series of community consultation activities including online surveys, forums and urban pinboards as well as face-to-face consultation with local businesses, residents and shoppers. This consultation process will help develop a brief that up to four short-listed competitors will respond to as part of the competition.

    Architects, urbanists and planners interested in being part of the competition should fill out an online Expression of Interest registration form by 13 July 2016. The successful competitors will be announced on 29 July 2016 and their entries publicly exhibited in September and October 2016.

    Further details about the community consultation and K2K Urban Design Competition can be found on the dedicated competition website www.k2k.sydney.

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