The Public Life of Infrastructure – Elevated Rail and Linear Parks
Past Event

The Public Life of Infrastructure: Elevated Rail and Linear Parks

ASPECT Studios


Wed 24 May 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Free, No Booking Required


Community Hall. Ground Floor
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Russell Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Seating available

Melbourne has been at the forefront of creating linear parks under newly elevated rail. How does the community benefit from these new spaces and how were they designed?

This talk examines three level crossing removal projects which have delivered linear parks across Melbourne – the Caulfield to Dandenong LXRP in the east, the Carrum LXRP in the south, and the Moreland LXRP in the west and the Werribee LXRP. The seminar will bring together landscape architects, government representatives, and academics to discuss the ‘Sky Rail’ (and their underlines) and the public realm outcomes. The event is curated and hosted by Kirsten Bauer of ASPECT Studios alongside Timothy Moore, curator of contemporary design and architecture at the NGV.

This event takes place at Community Hall, a space to gather, connect and celebrate Melbourne’s diverse and creative communities, located in the heart of the Melbourne Now exhibition on the ground floor.




Tara Bell

Tara Bell is the Team Leader, Urban Design and Place, City of Kingston.  Tara has been working with the Council and Community in liaison with the LXRP programs across the City of Kingston, including Caulfield to Dandenong and the Carrum elevated rail sections, advocating for design outcomes that take a holistic place based approach.

Dr Jillian Wallis

Jillian has over twenty-year experience as a landscape architecture academic and critic in Australia and New Zealand.  She has led major collaborative research projects involving international institutions and prominent design and engineering practices. The research project Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies: reconceptualising design and making involved eleven international design practices and academics from the GSD (Harvard), the University of Toronto, ETH Zurich, the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. The subsequent book, co-authored with Dr Heike Rahmann has been critically acclaimed by practice and academia.  In 2019 Jillian was appointed co-creative director of the International Festival of Landscape Architecture to be held in Melbourne in October. As part of this role, she has been instrumental in developing the Future Park Design Ideas competition which explores new open space futures for Melbourne 2050.

Adam Kiekebosch

As the Regional Director of ASPECT Studios, Adam brings over two decades of experience and a history of leading large interdisciplinary design studios and project teams across the globe. More recently, his focus has been upon significant integrated transport projects such as Melbourne’s Level Crossing Removal Program, where he has driven landscape-led approaches to the delivery of these transformational, city-shaping projects

Damian Collopy

Damian Collopy is a landscape architect with 30 years experience across both practice and government. His capability as a landscape and urban design adviser within the multi-disciplinary environment of complex transport projects is highly respected and valued. Damian’s role at the Office of the Victorian Government Architect integrates urban design intelligence into:

  • level crossing removal projects
  • major roads and bridges infrastructure
  • movement systems including active and public transport.

He is the Chair of the Urban Design Advisory Panel (UDAP) for Victoria’s extensive Level Crossing Removal Program.

Deiter Lim

As the landscape and urban design director, Deiter has a great deal of experience in large scale masterplanning, urban, landscape and infrastructure projects. He has overseen the integrated environmental, landscape and urban design aspects for projects across a diverse field of typologies including green and brownfield residential development, activity centres, public facilities, campuses, transport and infrastructure corridors. TRACT has been a key leader in the field of elevated rail and public realm through their work at the Moreland to Bell LXRP, Mernda Line LXRP at Preston, and also further north the Mernda elevated rail extension.

Craig Guthrie

Craig is a landscape architect and urban designer who has been in the business for 25 years, working in Australia, China and the Middle East. He has an amazing ability to make large infrastructure seem almost unobtrusive – and to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. Most well known for his work in urban transport, he has played a part in many successful, city-defining developments, including Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel – a package of five new stations and public places. He recently worked on the  design and delivery of the Werribee LXRP. Craig is the Principle at Hassell.

Kirsten Bauer

Kirsten is a Director of ASPECT Studios. Her design leadership across city shaping public projects has created profoundly visioned, benchmark projects across Australia and internationally. She has led the ASPECT Studios team across multiple elevated rail projects, most significantly the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal and the more recent projects of Toorak Road LXRP and the planned elevated rail and Station at Croydon.

Richard Tolliday

Richard is the Unit Manager Open Space Design & Development at Merri-bek City Council (formerly Moreland City Council). He led Council’s involvement in the Bell to Moreland and Glenroy Road level crossing removal projects. He is an experienced local government professional with expertise in strategic policy and urban renewal, as well as landscape strategy and design outcomes.

Representatives from the Level Crossing Removal Project LXRP and the Office of Victorian Government Architect OVGA

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