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Re-imagining our regional towns: A case study of Bairnsdale Tim Biles, Message Consultants Australia Urban Design Conference, Melbourne, 2012.

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1 Re-imagining our regional towns: A case study of Bairnsdale Tim Biles, Message Consultants Australia Urban Design Conference, Melbourne, 2012

2 reimaginingbairnsdale.com

3 Regional context

4 Gippsland Lakes Bairnsdale

5 Reduction in public life in the core

6 Attachment to the motor car

7 Public spaces remain largely vacant after 5pm

8 Diversity and authenticity vs. standardisation

9 Meeting the challenges Roads & carparks Buildings Open spaces & footpaths

10 Main St gardens Nicholson St Mall Library Catalyst projects

11 Main Street Gardens

12 Main Street gardens

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14 Nicholson Street Mall

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16 Bairnsdale Library

17 New library design by NOW Architects

18 Extending the walkability through connections Existing links Desired links Through-shop links Linking key assets Bairnsdale Railway Station The grand boulevard

19 City grid comparison

20 Perimeter block path vs mid block path 200m 90m 200m 90m

21 Campbells Centreway Arcade

22 Paper Chase outdoor café

23 Rear of Paper Chase bookshop & café (facing lane)

24 Laneway access to Nicholson St and river beyond

25 Loss of connection to the river

26 Mitchell River

27 Encouraging new approaches to activity - busking

28 Outdoor concerts

29 Temporary space – Joost cafe

30 Temporary use - Section 8 bar, Melbourne

31 …After the assistant Surveyors provision of ample tempting space [in Main St], one can wrongly suspect the town of perpetual poverty, and uneasily of poverty of imagination. Generations of citizens seem to have missed a point and misused a heritage and an opportunity. (Hal Porter)


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