By | 22 Nov 2016

Congratulations to Nicholas Stevenson, Associate Director of Design, who has won the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Innovation Ideas Competition. Nicholas also took home the People’s Prize at an awards ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk last week.

His idea, ‘The City Stitch’, envisions an urban forest, overgrowing with public life for all to be a part of.

A place of home, work and play, mixing culture and nature, The City Stitch represents a new model of mixed use precincts. It has the potential to transform the public interface between Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley into a connected, urban, active place – fit for a New World City.

A place of home, work and play, mixing culture and nature, The City Stitch represents a new model of mixed use precincts.

The judges said the City Stitch would change the face of the city and took a different approach to other entrants through creating a precinct with its own identity and critical mass. They praised The City Stitch’s ability to create investment and activation in the area when forming the connection between the CBD and Fortitude Valley.

Nicholas said: “The competition has been a fantastic catalyst to get people talking about an often-forgotten part of the city centre. I’m particularly proud to have picked up the people’s prize for my idea, which was open to the public vote.

“Through my work at Urbis, I’m looking forward to continuing to find new ways to create great urban places with social, social, cultural, economic and ecological value. While my idea is a little high in the sky as it currently stands, it can be scaled back to form something with actual legs.”

The Urban Innovation Ideas Competition is an international competition that provides a platform for the young leaders of today to express and stimulate ideas about how cities can add social, cultural, ecological and economic value through the potential of the public realm. Nicholas will now present his winning idea at ULI’s 2017 Asia Pacific Summit in Singapore.