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We need bipartisan support for a long-term
plan, a strategy that we can work to over these
25 years. At the moment we’re seeing very
haphazard progress and we’re hoping we end up
with a good outcome. We’re missing the sequential
progressive building blocks that would lead to
a great outcome. Part of that vision would be
to create a world-class built environment that
would be seen as a major tourist drawcard because
we have done it so well. The opportunity is there,
but we’re just not taking that opportunity.
Perth could become a gem of the southern
hemisphere. However, to achieve this we need
an overall vision and strategy for Perth and our
state. I would like to see our built environment
planned in such a way that it could become
a tourist attraction in its own right, just like
people travel to Paris or Venice to experience the
built environment that man has created in those
areas. At present, many tourists travel to Western
Australia to see its natural environment and the
beauties of our forests and beaches. My wish is
that by 2040, citizens from all over the world will
WARREN KERR – HAMES SHARLEY, NATIONAL
DIRECTOR, HEALTH PORTFOLIO
If the right decisions are made, we will have a very vibrant, design-led culture
where design is recognised for the benefits it can bring. There will be policies
in government to engender younger people training in that area, and there
will be organisations similar to the Commission on Architecture and the Built
Environment that was established in the United Kingdom under Tony Blair’s
government – where they actually fostered good design, reviewed all projects to
ensure they were getting good design value, and ensured the public demanded
that because of the groundswell of opinion.
wish to come to WA to see the wonderful built
environment we have created.
In an ideal world, I would like to see a ‘Council
of Elders’ established in the planning and design
field. People who have spent their career in
appropriate fields such as planning, architecture,
engineering and so on, who could be there
to advise the government, not as a political
appointment, but as an advisory committee on
the future of the built environment in the Perth
What we’re talking about is creating design value.
In the case of the Arena, you’ve got a functional
requirement to seat a certain number of people,
you’ve got the materials and you’ve got the site.
You can put those all together in a thousand
different ways. But an inspired architect can create
far more than the sum of the whole of the parts.
That’s my personal design philosophy, trying to
create that additional design value so you actually
give the client and the community far more than
they ever envisaged.
Perth could become
a gem of the southern
hemisphere. We need
an overall vision.
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