Designing for a better future

Our Project Development Manager / resident Landscape Architect / motivated salesperson Tobias Volbert has just returned from the ‘Making Cities Liveable’ Conference in Melbourne, where we had submitted an abstract on Inclusive Playspace Design.  Tobi was accepted as a presenter and was well received by an international audience that had gathered to discuss the future of our Cities.

Professor Margarita M Hill from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University- who attended the Conference gave great feedback!

It was great to meet you and I hope you will be able to make a presentation to our students when you return to California.
I really enjoyed your presentation at the 6th Making Cities Liveable Conference. In my mind, it was one of the best!  You were lively, energetic and engaging.  I especially appreciated how you framed the larger issues (problems) and then gave detailed strategies (solutions) to deal with the complex issue of creating playgrounds for children of all abilities.

Tobi is also a Board Member of UDAL – Urban Design Alliance who are an innovative body, well recognised nationally – working towards “Making Better Cities by Design”.

At the start of May, Tobi was involved in a workshop forum with UDAL and the Brisbane City Council titled Beyond Accessibility – City of 7 Senses.  This event was part of Council’s “Ideas Fiesta”, organised around the new City Centre Master Plan.  It was certainly well attended and received great publicity with Tobi giving a radio interview with the local branch of the ABC .

It is great to be a part of these innovative discussions and having some true impact into the future planning and sustainable design of our recreational spaces.

Tobi has delivered many presentations in various leading architect and landscape architect firms, as well as to government organisations across the country and later this month will be presenting to the Australian Institute of Architects in Perth.

Through knowledge sharing and integrated discussion – we really can design for a better future.

Related article – see CPD accredited presentations

For a full breakdown on the City of 7 Senses Ideas Fiesta