Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Global Walking Tour: Brisbane
2 August 2018
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The CTBUH Australia Chapter Brisbane Committee 2018 Global Walking Tour route

BRISBANE – The CTBUH Global Walking Tour took place in 23 locations around the world, on the theme of “Walking on Water.”  Brisbane’s tour was held at the iconic South Bank Parklands in South Brisbane. And was led by CTBUH Australia Chapter Brisbane Committee member Caroline Stalker, who is the Australasian Design Director and Principal of Arup.

5:00 p.m.

Stalker commenced this tour at Stokehouse Restaurant. She welcomed the guests and discussed the background of CTBUH, and the characteristics of river cities around the world. Stalker also discussed the Brisbane’s tall buildings, urban design, the role of the river and its bridges, describing several projects in which she and her team were involved.

Caroline Stalker, Australasian Design Director (Urban), Arup delivers an introduction to the Brisbane Walking Tour attendees.

5:40 p.m.

After meeting at Stokehouse, the participants moved further along South Bank, until they arrived at the first stop on the Brisbane River’s edge. While there, guest speaker Julia Scodellaro of South Bank Corporation discussed the history of the South Bank, the population growth of South Brisbane, and the pressures on open space. She also discussed the South Bank’s evolving spaces, and how these connect to Brisbane’s central business district.

Julia Scodellaro of South Bank Corporation discusses the growth and development of Brisbane's South Bank.
The CTBUH Brisbane Walking Tour attendees were treated to views of Brisbane's nighttime skyline.

5:50 p.m.

The tour continued to the next stop in front of South Bank’s prominent Kodak Beach. Ian Ainsworth, Principal, Queensland Buildings Team, Arup, presented Brisbane’s pedestrian bridges. He discussed how the bridges evolved and have become crucial to the city and its activation. He also explored the way the river has been made accessible and connected over time through various projects. Most importantly, Ainsworth emphasized the changing attitudes and their influence on Brisbane’s city-shaping infrastructure.

6:00 p.m.

The tour group then arrived at the Nepalese Pagoda. Peter Burnton of Arup’s Transport and Resources division spoke about the changes in the way shared-path bridges are designed. He also discussed the technological advances in bridge-building, such as the first 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam, and the exciting University of Queensland project, in which a bridge can be built in three days using prefabricated components. Ainsworth also spoke about how future innovations will help Brisbane and other cities become even more livable.

The Kurilpa Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that has enabled a more connected and accessible Brisbane.
The tour group heard from Ian Ainsworth (left) and Peter Burnton (right), both of Arup, about the ways innovations in bridge-building are creating more connected and livable cities.
6:30 p.m.

The final stop was at the Queensland Museum, where the final guest speaker Malcolm Middleton, the Queensland State Government Architect, discussed his vision for Brisbane. He reiterated the importance and the value of pedestrian bridges and river crossings and made the case for more bridges.

This tour concluded with Caroline Stalker thanking everyone for their attendance. The guests enjoyed drinks and canapés at Café Muse at the Queensland Museum overlooking Brisbane’s river and city. Overall this tour was a great success, with approximately 35 participants. This tour was enjoyed by everyone and was shared via the Twitter hashtag #CTBUHWalks. Given its longitude, Brisbane was one of the first cities to begin tweeting for the tour.

The last stop on the tour included remarks from Malcolm Middleton (left) and Caroline Stalker (right). The drinks and canapés at the Queensland Museum concluded an evening walk along the Brisbane River.
Karl Eckermann Architectus
Ian Ainsworth Arup
Jeff Booker Arup
Peter Burnton Arup
Michelle Cottrell Arup
Greg Crouch Arup
Fran Dance Arup
Caroline Elms Arup
Eliza Howell Arup
Penny Lindsay Arup
Chris Madigan Arup
Belinda Murray Arup
Kylie Nixon Arup
Lillian O'Mahony Arup
Scott Rathie Arup
Caroline Stalker Arup
Harry Bohler Bohler Facades
Lea Gamble Brisbane City Council
Naveen Dath Cottee Parker
Kim Vojacek Cottee Parker
Richard Coulson Cox Architecture
Jane Richards Department of Transport and Main Roads
Katrina Face Destination Brisbane
Noel Robinson NRA
Greg Chemello Queensland Government – Economic Development
Kylie Williams Queensland Government – Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
Russell Martoo RCP
Julia Scodellaro South Bank Corporation
David Spencer Stadiums Queensland
Kim Hayes Turner and Townsend
Greg Muir Watpac
Jaco van den Berg
Malcolm Middleton
Rosemary Kennedy