Brisbane is exploring ways to improve the city in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a new 9km path connecting the city’s major sporting venues as part of a vision for the city.
Design collective LatStudios, with the support of the Office of the Queensland Government Architect, has unveiled plans for a series of tree-lined walkways connecting the South Bank, the Gabba and the CBD.
“If we respond to heat and commit to the greening of our city streets with tree canopy and structural shading, we will make our CBD more walkable for residents and desirable for visitors,” Anna Campbell, executive officer at Queensland Walks, told news.com.au.
“We see the Southbank Masterplan designs for Grey Street being a shining example of designing for people who walk, roll and stroll.”
The city is looking at a number of city-wide initiatives to make the 2032 Olympics more accessible and the first carbon positive Games.
“A 9km loop linking Olympic venues with our city’s established destinations will provide visitors and locals with an easy way to navigate the city ‘on the surface’ using local landmarks, interactive signage, bespoke artwork, lush planting, streetscape lighting and high quality, all-access pavements,” LatStudios director Damian Thompson told news.com.au.
“[It will also] showcase our incredible, unique and inspirational First Nations culture, amplify our much-lauded, year-round subtropical lifestyle, reduce urban heat through dense, connected canopy tree planting … [and] link up our new bridges, parklands and public transport nodes.
“What an incredible Olympic legacy this would be for generations to come.”
Brisbane has also updated its destination websites showcasing its outdoor lifestyle, dining and cultural scene.
With Brisbane’s economy forecast to grow to $239 billion by 2041, the Choose Brisbane and Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) websites position Brisbane as a global hub for business growth, innovation, investment and talent, and a leading destination for major events and world-class business events.
BEDA CEO Anthony Ryan said to capitalise on Brisbane’s growing momentum, it was critical that potential visitors and investors had a bold and engaging introduction to the city.
“Brisbane is a rapidly growing modern city with a unique mix of culture, lifestyle and business that is a massive drawcard for visitors, companies and investors,” he said.
“The new-look websites reflect the incredible opportunity, momentum and vibrancy of Brisbane and will help drive further demand for the city around the world.
“With the eyes of the world on Brisbane in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s vital that we capitalise on the growing global interest in the region.”