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Brisbane Ferry Terminals Design Competition



The recent flood damage to ferry infrastructure provides an opportunity to re-assess the nature of the support infrastructure which was rudimentary. Since public transport along the river has become integral to the city and an identifier for Brisbane -an attribute of city life that sets us apart from other cities- the next phase in the evolution of its support infrastructure is justifiable and necessary.

Our entry in this “Ideas  Competition”  illustrates our main objective,  which is to highlight and enhance  the character of the system’s various terminals. A key finding which defines our proposal,  is  the fact  that each ferry landing location has its own unique contextual attributes and will need to handle differing intensities of passenger movement.  Therefore “adaptability” and “flexibility” are  essential to our proposed  strategy.   Our vision contemplates dynamic and movable  terminals where physical and cultural variances will manifest in unexpected and changing ways.

Additionally, much of the early infrastructure can be characterized by a lack of integration of buildings (architectural elements) and water-based infrastructure (engineering elements).  Achieving  a functional and safe design outcome, integrating architectural & engineering requirements, is also central to this proposal.

DESIGN OBJECTIVES  —  “…in case of flood – tow away…”

  • Build on the success of Brisbane’s water-born public transportation
  • Celebrate the role of the Brisbane River as an integral element of our urban fabric
  • Develop an adaptable facility
  • Design an instantly recognizable facility
  • Flood resilient
  • Meritorious design


  • Implementation: THE NO-LAND SOLUTION


  • Existing Conditions

              – Use of parkland for terminal building                                                             

              – Poor integration of structural & architectural elements

              – Inarticulate assembly of building components

              – Inundation of terminal building during floods

              – No flood resilience and limited durability

              – Serious safety issues during natural disasters

  • Proposed Configuration

             – No land-based construction other than entry portals & signage

             – Water-based terminal building & ferry landing moored to pylon system

             – Cohesive integration of components (terminal-drawbridge-landing)

             – Connection to shoreline via built-in drawbridges

             – Manoeuvrable terminal to be tugged away during floods or as 

                required fully flood resistant with increased durability

            – Improved operability as spares can be built



In our city of Brisbane (Australia) we have just experienced the worst floods in 36 years. One outcome has been power outages which  has meant that traffic lights at many of our street intersections have not been working.

This has not resulted in any noticeable chaos !

In fact some observers have commented that traffic flows have been  better – drivers are far more alert & considerate and they are driving more cautiously.

Could it be that the standard traffic engineering model of ruling by PRIORITIZATION needs to be questioned, and an alternative strategy of FILTERING IN TURN be investigated ?

As always others elsewhere have done a lot of work on this and we merely need to observe their outcomes : check out this video of  a town in England that turned off its traffic lights

Another resource worth investigating is


Appealing candidate

Australia’s National Parliamentary Elections are happening this weekend. A local food outlet came up with a creative way of linking its product to the event.

Where do they all come from?

free counters

Ballymore Redevelopment

Brisbane City Council approves Ballymore redevelopment


Dilapidated Ballymore stadium. Picture: Jono Searle Source: The Courier-Mail 

ballymore plan

An artist’s impression of proposed plans for Ballymore redevelopment. Source: The Courier-Mail 


A $100 million plan to redevelop Ballymore is set to be approved by the Brisbane City Council.  

The proposal to rework Queensland Rugby Union’s sporting fields and stadiums was approved 3-1 by council’s planning committee Tuesday morning and now heads to the full council meeting. 

Residents of the inner-northern suburb have been angered by plans to redevelop the state-owned site, concerned about traffic, safety and amenity issues. Support has come from the rugby network. 

Local councillor David Hinchliffe tried to defer the application for a week for further community consultation and to check QRU’s legal status. 

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Whether it’s the great form of the QR Reds or the short sleeves winter weather, playing rugby in Queensland is a popular option for the international rugby fraternity, with players from 24 countries transferring their registration to the Sunshine State so far in 2010.

From Belgium to Zimbabwe and 22 countries in between, a total of 202 overseas registered players have been cleared to play for Queensland clubs since 1 January, with another 13 currently going through the approval process.

Of those already transferred, the three leading nations are New Zealand (79 players), England (44) and Scotland (13). The highest profile transfer is former All Black Caleb Ralph, who turned out last weekend for the Sunshine Coast Stingrays, scoring a try in his Premier Rugby debut.

Some are also Aussies returning home, such as: former Reds and Wallaby great Toutai Kefu, like Caleb Ralph also now with the Sunshine Coast Stingrays after a stint in Japan; former Reds hooker Ole Avei rejoining Sunnybank and Easts 2007 Premier Player of the Year Matt Brandon, also back home from Japan.

Queensland has also attracted 77 players from other states since the beginning of the year, with 37 joining from New South Wales, 15 from ACT, nine from Victoria, six each from the Northern Territory and Western Australia and four from South Australia.

In comparison, 35 players left Queensland in 2010 to play interstate, while a further 23 transferred overseas.

Players from outside Australia registered to play rugby in Queensland since 1 January, 2010:

Belgium – 1
Canada – 6
Cook Islands – 1
England – 44
Fiji – 3
France – 5
Germany – 3
Hong Kong – 2
Ireland – 7
Italy – 1
Japan – 7
Netherlands – 3
New Zealand – 79
Papua New Guinea – 1
Peru – 1
Portugal – 1
Samoa – 1
Scotland – 13
South Africa – 6
Sweden – 1
Tonga – 1
United States of America – 8
Wales – 6
Zimbabwe – 1

Transfers from within Australia:

NSW – 37
    NSWSRU – 5
    NSWCRU – 21
    NSWRU – 11
ACT – 15
NT – 6
SA – 4
VIC – 9
WA – 6

Sunshine coast Residence

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