24 Nov 2020

Congratulations to Urbis Associate Director, Katrina Torresan, who has been awarded the Australian Institute of Architects NSW David Linder Prize.

The David Lindner prize is presented to an emerging architect in honour of the late David Linder to promote new research on architecture in the public realm.

Katrina received the prize for her timely submission titled “Regional Revitalisation: Reclaiming high streets for public life” that investigates the revitalisation of regional town centres, with a particular focus on reclaiming high streets for public life.

“Regional Australia offers a rich and enchanting setting shaped by its landscape, history, industries and people. High streets are the focus, as they represent the life blood of communities and a common space for local identity to evolve,” Katrina explained.

Katrina’s research is underpinned by an evidence-based approach with the assessment of Australian case studies and will bring together consideration for integrated design, place-led planning, and project delivery.

Reflecting on the significance of her win Katrina said, “The prize offers a unique opportunity to engage broadly across the industry, with government agencies, key stakeholders, experts advisors and designers who have helped shape vibrant regional centres. It will build on the Government Architect’s vision for Regional NSW to enhance the legacy of our regions.”

The 2020 David Lindner prize is awarded to Katrina Torresan for her submission entitled “Regional Revitalisation: Reclaiming high streets for public life.

The economic challenges and revitalisation options currently facing Regional Australia are many and varied. This winning submission is a direct response to the Government Architect’s vision for Regional NSW and supports growing interests from regional councils who are seeking to ‘breathe life’ back into their main streets.

Through activating the heart of town centres, there is potential to improve the place experience, encourage positive change and growth, and attract tourism, businesses, and individuals to stimulate economic activity.

The research project is designed to provide meaningful feedback on the processes of strategic planning and urban design in regional centres. Through activating the heart of town centres, there is potential to improve the place experience, encourage positive change and growth, and attract tourism, businesses, and individuals to stimulate economic activity. Katrina’s research will provide short and long term recommendations for master planning and creating vibrant high streets within regional centres in NSW.

The factors that cause some town centres to flourish are complex, however, they intend to follow some particular investment and development decisions in the public and private domain. Plans for town centres and main streets often set these process of renewal and investment in train. This research will analyse case studies to understand the circumstances which produced successful outcomes, by understanding and describing the factors for success other towns can benefit.

The jury unanimously agreed that the proposal was highly topical and relevant for industry, regional governments, businesses and communities and has the potential to positively contribute to cultural enrichment of regional Australia.

If you would like to know more about Katrina’s work, you can find her contact details by clicking the profile below.

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