Commuter & Community: Premier Melbourne Design Week Event

On Wednesday, 31 March, Genton will present our premier Melbourne Design Week event, Commuter & Community, a panel discussion and open Q&A sharing insights from esteemed sector thought leaders as they delve into how access to public transport impacts our lives.

“When considering the 2021 theme, ‘Design The World That You Want’, public transport was our immediate focus, playing a pivotal role in fostering connection and equality within our community,” says Genton Principal Marc Debney.

“These civic precincts embody the key pillars of Melbourne Design Week, in that the design for each is approached with Care – an empathetic understanding of the needs of the user; an intention to integrate and strengthen Community; and a careful consideration of Climate and environment, with sustainability front of mind.”

A free event with limited capacity, Genton encourages the architecture community and design enthusiasts alike to join us in this exploration of the social and environmental benefits of macro transport infrastructure through a selection of notable Victorian rail and urban design projects, including our award-winning Frankston and Reservoir stations.

Facilitated by Kevin Begg, Subject Matter Expert for Urban Design at the Level Crossing Removal Project, the panel will consist of Level Crossing Removal Project Senior Urban Design Advisor Robyn Pollock, Development Victoria Design Director Dan Brady, Tract Managing Director Deiter Lim and Genton Principal Marc Debney.

“The critical question for our time is, ‘How do we create great places that foster a sense of community and positively encourage people to use public transport and active transport?’,” asks Begg, “Furthermore, how can we ensure these spaces are equitable, safe and welcoming for all?”

Commuter & Community will be hosted on Wednesday, 31 March at Good Shed North, 710 Collins Street, Docklands. The event will commence at 6pm with drinks and canapés. To reserve your seat, please register via Eventbrite.

Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2021, MDW will run from 26 March – 5 April, celebrating the theme ‘Design The World That You Want’. To view the program, please visit Melbourne Design Week.

About our panelists

Kevin Begg

For the last six years, Kevin has been an Urban Design Subject Matter Expert for the Victorian Government on large-scale transport infrastructure projects including the Level Crossing Removal Project and the North East Link Project. This role has included countless Urban Design Advisory Panel meetings, community engagement sessions and construction site visits.

Marc Debney

Marc is an Architect and Principal whose urban design and people-centric approach enriches Genton’s transport and precinct design projects. Marc has led design of award winning transport and civic precinct projects including Frankston Station and Reservoir Station.

Robyn Pollock

Robyn is a Senior Urban Design Adviser for the MTIA Level Crossing Removal Project, part of the Urban Design Advisory Panel, and Studio Leader at Melbourne University and RMIT. Robyn abounds with enthusiasm and passion for the city and the role that transport plays in shaping the urban environment.

Dan Brady

Dan Brady is a Design Director at Development Victoria focusing on major urban renewal precincts. A design architect by background, once-upon-a-time artist, and tutor at the Bartlett and RMIT.

Dieter Lim

Dieter is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, member of the Office of Design Architecture South Australia (ODASA), and Managing Director of Tract. Having started his career working on transport and infrastructure design, his focus is on the public realm outcomes for the projects and he has produced award winning urban landscapes for a range of transport projects.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.