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Variety and diversity has a very powerful
effect on a sense of identity for a society or
community. We’re starting to get a sense
of pride for our city. We’re starting to shift
from a more generic city to one that has a clear
identity and that will only get richer as we get
more diverse and more imaginative. We will
end up with greater depth of capability and
more confidence, and more willingness to try
something different. To me, that’s probably
the next wave of development. It will be more
challenging and innovative.
The new stadium and surrounding parkland
at Burswood will be another valuable asset for
the community. Importantly, it will include
recreational space that is not necessarily tied to
ticketing for a sporting event or festival. All these
government projects have a knock-on effect of
stimulating private enterprise.
Early in 2013 the government adopted
Better Places and Spaces: A Policy for the
planning and architecture
I’d like to see Perth take a bold
hold of its position as a capital
city in the Indian Ocean region.
Built Environment in Western Australia,
which is a national first. It’s been well adopted
by the different delivery agencies and has
become a respected mechanism for raising
the conversation about design, and good
design is now addressed in the evaluation of
projects. It would be good to roll this policy
out to private enterprise.
Good design means longevity. We have
had tradition from the 1970s that we were
knocking over buildings in time frames of
20 years. That’s a lot of embedded energy that
is trashed and wasted. The consequence is also
a sense of impermanence to the culture and to
the place, which almost always generates a sense
of lack of care. It all comes back to pride, identity,
self-awareness and sustainability.
Buildings and design are a manifestation of
the capability and capacity of a culture. Yo u
can build for utilitarian need but you can also
build to stretch your capability in terms of
GEOFF WARN – WA STATE ARCHITECT
I’d like to see Perth project its creative capacity more and really take a strong, bold hold of its position as a capital city in the
Indian Ocean region. Our cultural profile will naturally increase if we can draw a whole range of different people with different
skills and capabilities to our city. Business, arts, lifestyle and culture will blend to make a balanced, vibrant and accessible city,
physically and in business, life and education. As a city with a very strong education base, our people will be better educated,
more deeply educated, more tolerant – those qualities that tend to come with education and the arts. As for the regions, I’d
like to see them become more distinctive in their character so they become interesting places to visit and for people to live, so
there is a choice, not only by work but also by the character and quality those places can offer. We could really expand on the
differences of our regions so we have a much richer and more diverse state.
organising and designing and constructing.
We need to get a shared vision and sense
of pride across a large part of the community.
You don’t get good architecture and design
without discourse and debate. It is as intellectual
as it is physical and we are yet to fully grasp that.
We’ve been very complacent as a society.
Perth Arena was very controversial and
confronted that complacency.
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