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FINDING the keys to unlock a city’s potential and make it buzz will be at the heart of a major property development conference next week.

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The Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) 24th National Congress will be hosted in Adelaide, South Australia, from March 8-10.

With the theme of BUZZ – creating places where people want to be, it is expected to attract almost 500 delegates from around Australia and the world, including four highly credentialed international speakers.

UDIA South Australia Executive Director Pat Gerace said it was no coincidence the Adelaide Convention Centre conference was set down for March when the Festival of Arts, Fringe, Clipsal 500 and WOMADelaide events were in full swing.

Gerace said State Government agency Renewal SA had played a key role in activating Adelaide’s laneways and establishing a small bar scene, which had been a key to boosting the city’s vibrancy.

He said the Adelaide Oval, Riverbank Precinct and Adelaide BioMed City projects were excellent examples of what this year’s congress aimed to highlight and had all evolved since the congress was last held in Adelaide in 2011.

 “It’s a great opportunity for us to show how those developments can actually create spaces where people want to be,” Gerace said.

“So for us to be able to show that when you put events on like the Festival, the Fringe and Clipsal you create a place where people want to be, which can drive tourism and also builds confidence in the local economy as well in terms of making decisions to invest.”

“It seemed the perfect time for that to happen.”

The speakers include:

The former CEO of Toronto’s Waterfront Development Team, John Campbell, Planning the waterfront for a liveable city: the Toronto experience Larry Ng Lye Hock from Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, A State of Excitement – the economic and cultural BUZZ that is Singapore Design Principal of ‘Community Architects’, Torti Gallas Urban, Washington DC, Brian O’Looney, Bringing our streets and suburbs alive.    Thomas Lamberth, Vice President, Development, UDR Dallas Office, Achieving synergies through the early delivery of public realm: Vitruvian Park. Michelle Cramer from Hames Sharley, Activation through urban design – case studies from Sydney.   Renewal SA Chief Executive John Hanlon, Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority CEO Andrew Daniels and SA Riverbank Authority Board Chair Andrew McEvoy, What’s the Buzz in Adelaide?

“To have four international speakers come to Adelaide to speak about their experiences is exciting,” Gerace said.

A formal meeting of the national council of the UDIA is scheduled to be held the day before the congress starts.

The State of the Land report will be released on the first day of the conference, which will outline the development challenges across Australia state by state in terms of land supply and market conditions. 

The conference will also include city walking tours and trips to nearby regional areas such as the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.

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