Introducing David Tickle: HASSELL Principal, Urban Design Sector Lead
Successful public places rely on many different conditions and considerations, a constantly shifting formula that fascinates HASSELL Principal David Tickle.
“Cities are complex. To make a really great city we need to think about the way people live, the way people move around, the quality of public space, the quality of architecture. Often, part of the role of urban design is to mediate all of those different things, to make them better places for the people who live and work in them,” David says.
David joined HASSELL in 2004 as a graduate of architecture, specialising in residential design. His first urban design project was the original competition scheme for Barangaroo, which he describes as being an “eye-opener” about how buildings and spaces could be used in different ways.
“Joining HASSELL gave me exposure to a whole range of design disciplines, broadening my understanding of cities and the importance of smart, integrated design thinking,” he says.
David’s passion for urban design grew during his time in the HASSELL Shanghai studio from 2010 to 2012. “China is experiencing urbanisation at an unprecedented scale and pace – so it was fascinating to see how Chinese cities are developing and to explore ways to make this rapid change both socially and environmentally sustainable.”
Since then he’s worked on a range of urban design projects, including the masterplan for the revitalisation of the Summer Hill Flour Mills, a project that is turning grain silos and warehouses into a new vibrant mixed-use community. He is currently leading the urban design component of the Sydney Metro City and Southwest projects, as well as the NSW Government’s plan to revitalise the city centre of Newcastle.
“We’re looking at how we unlock the greatest potential for the city, how we help deliver more jobs and housing and more efficient and effective transport systems, and how these in turn build the identity and confidence of the city,” he says.
David’s interest in global cities has led him to instigate a program of urban research projects at HASSELL. His latest research project saw HASSELL teams in London, Shanghai and Sydney investigate how each of these cities is grappling with issues of housing, including density, livability, affordability and delivery.
David remains captivated with Shanghai and the way it’s dealing with ongoing rapid population growth. He has recently been back in the city, working on a master plan competition for a 20-kilometre stretch of the Huangpu River, the city’s main waterway.
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