New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/10A - Page 6

Urban renewal has transformed cities right around the world over the past decade. But two recent award-winning projects in Australasia have established a new benchmark and proved that urban regeneration is more about integration than replacement – for both buildings and industry. @DavidJideas facebook.com/trendsideas David Johnson In this issue we profile the Liberty Place development, which has revitalised a run-down precinct in the Sydney CBD, creating a vibrant new laneway in the process. The project has won the Completed Building – Office award at the World Architecture Festival 2014. We also present a paper on urban regeneration by John Dalzell, the CEO of Waterfront Auckland. This organisation has established a prescriptive framework to encourage developers to go far beyond minimum standards to create vibrant, sustainable urban communities. This approach has already seen Wynyard Quarter on the Auckland waterfront win three international design awards, including most recently, the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize and the Best Waterfront Project Award at the International Society of City and Regiona