The Road to Brisbane 2032: Creating A Legacy Of Sustainability & Social Amenity In 21st Century Sports Infrastructure Design

  •   3 October 2023

Australia hasn’t hosted a Summer Olympics since 2000. It took a mammoth effort to produce the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, and with Brisbane 2032 on the horizon, it’s time to begin planning.

Legislation and planning measures have been made in preparation for what’s to come. Concept designs for the transformation of The Gabba have already reared their head. But ultimately, the surface has barely been scratched in regard to what the river city will look like in the next nine years.

The Sustainability Summit session titled, “The Road to Brisbane 2032: Creating a Legacy of Sustainability & Social Amenity in 21st Century Sports Infrastructure Design”, will put the spotlight solely on sports infrastructure in Brisbane.

Presently, sports buildings suffer from technological deficiencies, leading to less economic and efficient construction and maintenance. Brisbane, with its population poised to double by 2050 and its rising stature as an Olympic city, is drawing developers keen on leveraging the city’s potential for development.

2022 Sustainability Summit


The discussion is a deep dive into employing the tenets of placemaking and human-centred design to carve out a lasting impact in architectural and property outcomes within the built environment. The key themes explored include adaptive reuse, embracing low to no-carbon approaches, leveraging innovative technologies, utilising environmentally friendly materials, and designing spaces with longevity in mind.

The panel brings together experts in the field. Ivana Simkovic, a dwp Principal and sports expert, joins the stage alongside Hamish Lyon, NH Architecture Director, Mick Stevens, CEO of Timber Queensland (representing TimberLink), and Joshua Marks, Holcim’s National Products & Services Manager. Their collective expertise promises to shed light on innovative strategies and solutions. The panel discussion is skillfully moderated by Emma Heffernan, Associate Professor of Architecture at USYD.


Ivana Simkovic


Hamish Lyon


Mick Stevens


Joshua Marks


Emma Heffernan


In this ongoing discussion, the audience will gain insight into how innovative design thinking and sustainable approaches can pave the way for a legacy of sustainability and social amenity in sports infrastructure, setting the stage for a transformative future as Brisbane and Queensland undergo exciting developmental shifts.

The 17th annual Sustainability Summit will be held on Thursday November 9 as a hybrid event. Join in person at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, or online wherever you have an internet connection. Get your ticket now and be in with the chance of winning from our sustainable prize pool on the day.

The Sustainability Summit and Awards are proudly presented by Best of the Best and Carbon Neutral Partner Autex Acoustics, and category partners Billi, BlueScope, Bondor Metecno, DECO, Electrolux, ForestOne, GH Commercial, Holcim, Interface, Knauf, Network Architectural, NeXTimber by Timberlink, Sika, Siniat, Stormtech, Verosol and WoodSolutions.