ICTC Mainstreet 2017
Mike Lydon, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative, Miami, USA
Tactical Urbanism: A community changemaker’s guide to collaboration in the 21st century city

Mike Lydon is a Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an international award-winning planning,design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. Mike is an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for liveable cities. NPR, The New York Times,CNN Headline News, ABC News, City Lab, Smithsonian Magazine, Salon, Next City, and Architect Magazine have featured his work, among many other national and international publications.

Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2010 and named one of the top ten planning books of 2010 by Planetizen. He is also the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project (2012), the co-creator and editor of The Mercado Project: Lessons from 20 Markets Across South America, and the globally acclaimed, four-volume Tactical Urbanism digital publication series (2011 – 2014). With Tony Garcia, Mike is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, published by Island Press in 2015 and also named by Planetizen as one of the top 10 planning books of the year. Most recently, Mike co-authored The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design, published by Street Plans with the support of the Knight Foundation.

Before launching Street Plans in 2009, Mike worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and AnnArbor’s Get Downtown Program. From 2006 – 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques.Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Mike lives in Brooklyn, New York and he encourages you to trade four wheels for two.

Jessica Lappin, President, Alliance for Downtown, New York
& President, Downtown Lower Manhattan Association, USA
#DownIsWhatsUp: How Collaboration and Innovation Brought Downtown NYC Back

Jessica will discuss how the organization helped transform this commercial hub into a thriving live/work/visit/play community. Despite the devastation suffered on 9/11 and the impacts of the most recent American financial crisis, the neighborhood around Wall Street and the World Trade Center has emerged as one of New York City’s hottest, thriving, and most dynamic areas.  

Lower Manhattan’s success grew out of partnerships forged between the district's property owners, businesses, cultural institutions and elected officials. With the Alliance working as the primary driver and convener, these partnerships led to smarter city planning, huge investments in transportation infrastructure, the creation of tax incentives, and other economic development tools that have diversified and strengthened the area. Today, the Alliance continues to build on these partnerships to use video and social media in creative ways, produce award winning events and programs, and successfully position Lower Manhattan as a premier destination for businesses, tourists, and residents.   

Lappin’s presentation will cover:

  • Two concrete examples of large scale community based city planning efforts; 
  • Targeted and unique economic development programs, including a first of its kind “collaboration” space where people go to learn, network, and get things done downtown
  • Marketing initiatives that can reshape a neighborhood's narrative, brand it as a compelling destination, and appeal to locational decision makers;
  • Experiential place based programming that enlivens a neighbourhood and supports local businesses. 
Established in 1995, the Downtown Alliance manages the Business Improvement District (BID), serving an area roughly from City Hall to the Battery, from the East River to West Street. It provides advocacy, research, marketing, and supplemental core services to Lower Manhattan, including the World Trade Center complex and the Financial District. The district is home to 60,000 residents, over 300,000 workers, and hosted 14.8 million tourists in 2016. 

Jessica Lappin is the President of the Alliance for Downtown New York. The organization manages New York City’s largest Business Improvement District (BID) and provides service, advocacy, research and information to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century Central Business District for businesses, residents and visitors. Lappin also serves as the President of its sister organization, the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association.

A lifelong New Yorker, and recent Crain’s “40 Under 40” honoree, Ms. Lappin has a distinguished record in civic life and public service. Since taking the helm of the Alliance in February 2014, Lappin has emerged as the voice of the downtown business community and ensured that the BID remains at the forefront of efforts to shape the neighborhood. Under her leadership, the Alliance has advocated successfully for incentives to improve the business climate, significantly expanded its free public WiFi network, produced award winning marketing videos, instituted a district-wide solar-powered recycling program and helped secure nearly $100 million in resiliency funding for Lower Manhattan. Lappin has also led the organization’s economic development efforts to create a first-of-its kind innovation hub, workspace and collaboration center called Lower Manhattan HQ.

Prior to her tenure at the Alliance, Lappin was elected to serve two terms in the New York City Council, representing the Upper East Side, East Midtown, and Roosevelt Island, and was praised by the New York Times for her “steely resolve, dedication, and energy.” She played a key role in bringing the Cornell Technion Applied Science and Engineering Campus to Roosevelt Island, oversaw the approval of over 20,000 new public school seats citywide and 5 new schools on the East Side, helped keep 100 senior centers from closing, expanded the city’s recycling efforts and spearheaded the successful development of four new waterfront parks. 

The Aspen Institute, a renowned international think tank, selected her as a Rodel Fellow in 2011. The Rodel program is focused on transcending political partisanship and addressing overarching questions of leadership and effective governance.

She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and the boards of the FDR Memorial and Four Freedoms Park, Battery Conservancy, and as an Ex Officio member of New York City Center and NYC & Company.

Professor Rob Adams, Director City Design and Projects, City of Melbourne
The art of incremental City Transformation

Melbourne has over the last 30 years come from relative obscurity to one of the World’s leading cities – this has not occurred through good fortune but rather through a conscious strategy of incremental change. While like most cities there have been major projects the day to day actions across many disciplines have ensured a steady process of change. This presentation will look at the balance between continuity and change and how density, mixed use, local character, high quality public realm, adaptability and connectivity have been combined through integrated action and public participation to produce good social cohesion, financial viability and environmental sustainability.

While much of this success has been achieved in the central area there are increasing signs that the future of Metro Melbourne, if it follows a business as usual approach, will not retain its title as the world’s most liveable city. So what needs to change and how can the planning system assist or hinder this change?

Rob is currently the Director City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne and a member of the Cities of the Future Council of the World Economic Forum.

With over 45 years’ experience as an Architect and Urban Designer and 34 years at the City of Melbourne, Rob has made a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of central Melbourne. He and his team have been the recipients of over 150 Local, National and International Awards including on 4 occasions receiving the Australian Award for Urban Design and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Award 2014 for its Adaptation and Resilience Projects.

Rob has also been awarded the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2008 and the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to Architecture and Urban Design. In December 2016, Rob was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne.

Some key projects include Postcode 3000, CH2 Australia’s first 6 Star Green Commercial Office Building, Birrarung Marr, Swanston Street, City Square, Return to Royal Park, the Open Space and Urban Forest Strategies and numerous community buildings including Docklands, Boyd, East Melbourne and Kathleen Syme Libraries. His team is currently involved in two major city shaping projects, the Queen Victoria Market Renewal and Metro.

His recent focus has been on how cities could be used to accommodate and mitigate rapid population growth and the onset of climate change. He has published and presented extensively on the subject of ‘Transforming Cities for a Sustainable Future’.

Gary Horwitz, Head Of Retail, Investment Management, Lendlease & Board Member Shopping Centre of Australia
Creating streets in malls - the new normal

Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the retail industry. He has a passion for developing distinct retail destinations and enhancing public spaces. Gary leads initiatives that enhance place-making and social sustainability across Lendlease’s retail asset management and urban regeneration portfolios.

Gary has created unique retail precincts including award winning Lakeside Joondalup and Darling Quarter; retail development bids on the Barangaroo and RNA Showgrounds projects; and was instrumental in the vision and delivery of Melbourne’s greenfield regional shopping centre site, Craigieburn Central.

Over the past two years Gary has led the retail and ground plane component of Australia's largest $6billion Urban Generation project, Barangaroo South. Opened fully leased with over 90 retailers, it has captured the hearts and minds of commercial tenants, visitors and tourists to the precinct. His current redevelopment projects include newly opened Macarthur Square and Sunshine Plaza due for completion late 2018.

Prior to joining Lendlease, Gary was a successful retailer, having been part of the Australian retail landscape for over 20 years, as Founder and Director of popular homewares/food retail concept Bayswiss – which grew to a national chain of 30 stores.

Robbie Robertson, Partner, Spatial & Brand Experience, Deloitte
Innovation in Digital & Physical: Two worlds become one 

What drives Robbie to come to work every day is a deep passion for developing spaces that have a tangible purpose, and is more than simply a well designed environment. Fusing digital, brand and customer experience into a retail store, innovation centre or workplace is at the core of every project that Robbie leads.

With 20 years of global experience working in the UK, US, SE Asia and now Australia, Robbie is helping to develop omni channel solutions for his clients, which include, Priceline, NAB, ANZ, Siam Bank, Federal Govt and Telstra. He is also an industry commentator and speaker (Good Design Australia, AIMIA, Worktech, ADMA, CX Aus). Finally, he is avid supporter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and is the lead Partner for Globe@Deloitte.

He was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of the top most influential LGBT executives in Australia. Robbie has a Masters in Urban Design and Business Administration

Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairman,  MacroPlan Dimasi
Big Cities vs Regions - Is it the end for regional cities?

Globalisation and technology are driving the service sector in Australia and increasingly centralising economic development, jobs and investment in capital cities. This paper analyses the key service sector drivers including health, finance, tourism, professional and technical services, information technology and demonstrates that the regions have ‘big losses’ and that this trend is likely to continue.

The paper differentiates between peri-urban areas, regional cities and towns and concludes that without major positive policy intervention two things are likely to happen:

1. Many regions will economically decline
2. Capital cities will become increasingly ‘uneconomic’ due to their sizeBrian is a futurist, best selling author and thought leader regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor in the property sector locally and internationally.

He has over 30 years experience delivering business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and delivery of major projects and policies.

Brian commands an unparalleled, on -the-ground knowledge of property markets across Australia, having worked extensively and regularly in all capital cities and key regional markets.

Brian’s third book Destructive Cities analyses how the service sector, globalisation and technology can reshape Australia. The book builds on Australia 2050: A Big Australia (2010) and Beyond the Fringe (2012) and informs transformational rather than trend thinking.

Stuart Moseley, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Planning Association
The importance of collaboration, innovation and leadership when transforming key precincts in an urban environment

Stuart Moseley is a respected practitioner, values-driven leader and communicator, with a strong track record of leading organisational change encompassing strategy, culture and delivery.

With more than 30 years of experience in planning, urban management and project delivery, including as Chief Executive of Adelaide Council, Stuart is a reformer with a passionate advocate for outstanding urban environments.Stuart has most recently been the Deputy Director General (Planning Group) for the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, where he was responsible for delivering flagship reforms.

This included the introduction of new planning legislation and a new regional plan for South East Queensland, concentrating on new land supply metrics and a new focus on affordable living and design quality.

He is a Registered Planner and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and has previously served as National Vice President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).Stuart is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Smith, CEO, City of Port Phillip
Public Sector Leadership: Creating new value for cities

Peter has over 25 years’ experience working in the public sector at all three levels of Government in Australia where he has held senior management roles in the Federal Government, NSW and SA State Governments and in Local Government in both Adelaide and now as the CEO at the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne, Victoria.

Peter is passionate about community engagement and building community capacity and resilience through co-creation with Governments and has a relentless focus on achieving better outcomes for the communities that he works with and on providing better value for customers and recipients of Government services. He has spent many years reforming Government services to deliver better value and is a leading advocate of place based approaches to achieve this. 

His strengths include strategy, governance, placemaking, housing and urban development, leadership development and organisational change. He has also worked as an adjunct professor where he has spent over ten years teaching MBA students strategy and leadership in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Peter also has considerable experience as a Board Director on Government and NFP Boards, including past chair of Place Leaders Asia Pacific. Most recently he worked as an Asia Pacific representative on the international Future of Places Advisory Board which worked directly with UN Habitat to recognise and establish the importance of public space within the new Urban Agenda of the UN.

David Hall, Chief Operating Officer, MAB Corporation
The ups and downs of planning and creating places

David commenced with MAB in 2003 as General Manager Business Parks and was responsible for a portfolio of industrial and mixed-use projects, including Northcorp, Global, National, Translink Business Parks and the mixed-use University Hill project. David also held the role of General Manager Major Projects, with a key focus on the planning and delivery of the 770 hectare mixed-use Merrifield project. In December 2009, David was appointed as MAB’s Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to commencing with MAB, David held a number of executive positions in local government in the areas of property, planning and development, economic development and governance. He is a member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association. David holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Management and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.


Jacyl Shaw, Director Engagement, Carlton Connect Initiative
Carlton Connect Innovation Precinct: Australia's first innovation precinct

As Director of Engagement, Jacyl oversees the creation and delivery of a suite of programs and activities to foster a culture of innovation at CCI and leads the engagement strategies for current and prospective partners in community, government and industry.

Jacyl’s former roles at the University include senior international strategic advisor to the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement, Deputy Director of the Festival of Ideas in 2009 and 2011 and Strategic Adviser to the Director of the Australia India Institute and Director of Asialink Business & Community Partnerships.
Jacyl is well known amongst University of Melbourne leaders and industry colleagues for her enthusiasm and tenacity as well as her strategic creativity to ‘boundary span’ and create new interdisciplinary, multi faculty ‘whole of university’ opportunities and benefits.

In 2011 Jacyl was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Vice Chancellor’s Professional Staff Award for Engagement. In 2014 she completed her Masters of Enterprise at The University of Melbourne and joined the Board of Melbourne University Publishing. She is currently representing the University in the Committee for Melbourne’s Future Focus Leaders Program.  

Her other qualifications are a BA and LLB from the University of Melbourne and a LLM from Monash University.

Marcus Westbury, Founder, Renew Australia
Creating Infrastructure: Developing the Collingwood Arts Precinct

Marcus Westbury is the inaugural CEO of Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd that is leading the development of the Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne. Marcus is the founder of the multi award winning Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia projects that have helped launch more than two hundred creative and community projects in Newcastle, NSW and reopened more than a hundred vacant properties across Australia.

Marcus's background is as an urbanist, writer, media maker and festival director and the founder and manager of multiple arts events, community projects and social enterprises across Australia. He is the author of the crowd funded Amazon best selling book Creating Cities (Niche Press, 2015) and has been the writer and presenter of the ABC TV series Bespoke and Not Quite Art. Marcus advises government and businesses and speaks and writes extensively nationally and internationally about creativity, culture and place.

Kimberley Paterson, Associate Director Research & Consulting, Knight Frank
Australia’s Coworking Culture:
The growth, trends and drivers behind the coworking industry

Kimberley is an Associate Director in the Research and Consultancy team at Knight Frank, based in the Melbourne
office and has more than 10 years’ experience in the research and analysis of property markets. Kimberley joined Knight Frank in 2016 and heads up Knight Frank’s Research department in Victoria.

Kimberley is responsible for providing market commentary on property research to the general market in both report and presentation format, providing local insights and strategic advice to clients. Kimberley has published many property market research reports on the various Melbourne property markets and has also compiled a number of industry specific reports including Melbourne’s co-working industry. Along with the requirements of the annual research work program, Kimberley has undertaken consulting projects for both internal and external clients.

Prior to joining Knight Frank, Kimberley had previously worked at JLL with roles based in New Zealand, London and Melbourne. While in London, Kimberley was a senior analyst in the office leasing team and was responsible for all research outputs, providing high quality reports covering the office market combined with presenting to clients.