Short Term Games, Long Term Gains | David Cooke, City Collective

A plan to foster Adelaide's urbanity and identity through the Commonwealth Games.

The problems that plague Adelaide have become normal to us, but that doesn’t mean normal solutions are going to work. While undertaking his Masters at The University of California, Berkeley, architect David Cooke came up with a radical plan for the city that uses the Commonwealth Games as a catalyst to increase Adelaide’s city centre population, vibrancy and urban quality.

The Commonwealth Games could create a better future for Adelaide; what would need to be done to hold the event in the city and what legacy those choices would create are detailed in a staged approach that provides a diverse mix of urban infill housing, walkable blocks and improved transit. The design proposal increases the urban quality, attracts residents back to the city centre and improves the overall tourist experience.

In unpacking this work, it is proposed how to complete Light’s original city plan of Adelaide and deliver an urban identity that solves many of Adelaide’s urban challenges and delivers a sustainable urban future.
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David Cooke

Director | City Collective
David Cooke

David Cooke has the unique skillset of being an internationally qualified Urban Designer, a registered Architect and an accredited Planner. In 2014 David was awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley in their intensive Masters of Urban Design program. The first South Australian to receive this honour. Upon returning to Australia, as Director of design studio City Collective, David is now applying this knowledge and experienced gained in California to address the urban renewal challenges that face Australian cities.

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