International Waterfronts Panel: Darling Harbor, Sydney + Pier 70

Learn holistic project lessons from multidisciplinary teams of major waterfront redevelopments filtered through the lens of San Francisco's storied waterfront and its current challenges.


This International Architect Panel presentation is the first in a series of Waterfront Design events featured by the AIASF International Practice Committee and the AIASF Urban Design + Infrastructure Committee. Hassell’s David Tickle and Jon Hazelwood will present their Sydney Darling Harbor project, alongside Sitelab’s Eri Suzuki and Guneet Anand presenting their San Francisco Pier 70 project for a conversation on best practices around design and delivery of large-scale public waterfronts with Q&A to follow.

This course offers an exchange of ideas around very complex and multi-phased project typologies. We present this at a time when reduced Port activity, underutilized land and sea-level rise present unique development opportunities and challenges San Francisco's waterfront. San Francisco's is one of the world's most well-known and storied global waterfront cities, but it faces significant challenges protecting historic assets, improving resilience, activating, and improving access along its diverse waterfront edge. International cities can offer lessons learned through their successful waterfront planning, design, and development. This course features holistic project lessons from multidisciplinary teams of major waterfront redevelopments. Presentations from international practices on global waterfront project of significant scale, offer lessons for current challenges faced on the City of San Francisco's waterfront.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the mix of uses required to maintain an active and diverse revitalized waterfront district, including the balance of residential, commercial entertainment, and public programming
  • Discuss different approvals processes between Sydney and San Francisco, as well as common strategies for creating master plans that bring together diverse public and private stakeholders In waterfront development
  • Identify spatial planning strategies for designing new parks and public spaces for public activation from day one through into the long term future of a new public place
  • Illustrate sustainability strategies across waterfront developments of scale, Including approaches to water management and cultural heritage

Featured Projects

Sydney’s Darling Harbor


Master Plan/Architecture/Landscape Architecture: HASSELL (venues in collaboration with Populous) Development & Construction: Lendlease

The International Convention Centre, Sydney (ICC Sydney) was delivered by Public-Private Partnership, and is the $1.1 billion 14-hectare centrepiece of a $3.4 billion, 20-hectare redevelopment of Darling Harbour.Hassell partnered with the Lendelease-led Darling Harbor Live and the NSW Government to create Australia's largest combined exhibition, convention and entertainment precinct, with reinvigorated and expanded public space.

San Franciso Pier 70


Working for Brookfield Properties in close collaboration with the City and the Port of San Francisco, SITELAB leads the urban design and master planning for a mixed-use redevelopment plan on a 35-acre waterfront site. The proposed plan envisions a dynamic, urban district, one that imaginatively repurposes historic resources, celebrates the legacy of industry, and brings the waterfront to the foreground. The plan includes 9 acres of open space with a nearly 5-acre waterfront park, 1-2 million square feet of offices in both restored and new large floor plate buildings, up to 2,000 residential units with 30% affordable housing, and a varied ground plane of new streets, pathways, and active uses.

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