"Street Furniture ... Branding an Urban Identity"
Melbourne - Friday 22 April 2005

François Jousse (Chief Engineer - Technical Department, Paris City council)
An expert technician and master urbanist.
François has devoted his whole working life to the City of Paris. His special interest is lighting techniques; the spectacular night time illumination of the city's historic bridges, public and religious buildings, along the River Seine and grand boulevards such as the Champs Elysées owes much to his skills, enthusiasm and dedicated research. François lectures in lighting and urban planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, the institut Français d'Urbanisme, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre.

Tim Hart (President, Landscape Architects Institute of Victoria)
Tim is an experienced landscape architect and Director of Urban Initiatives who is actively involved with most stages of landscape and urban design projects undertaken by the practice. Tim has over fifteen years experience in private practice, and has been responsible for the masterplanning, contract documentation and administration of many significant landscape and urban design projects. He also has particular expertise in the education sector masterplanning and large scale environmental planning projects.

Sabine Hass (Commercial Manager, Yarra Trams)
Melbourne Tram Network: 3rd largest network in the world, 29 routes, 1770 stops, 530 shelters - Ad & non Ads, 245 kilometres network, 480 trams, 130 million passengers p.a.
Objectives : high frequency/high capacity, accessible to all, beautify the city, reduce reliance on car, innovative technology.

Ian Dryden (Industrial Designer - Culture & Projects, City of Melbourne)
Since completing his studies, Ian Dryden has successfully worked with an assignment as Industrial Designer in the Urban Design Unit at the City of Melbourne. His task since 1987 has been to program, design, implement and market street furniture and temporary facilities for the City. Ian's major task has been the design and coordination of the street furniture, temporary fixtures, lighting systems and pedestrian information signage for the City's master plan.
Ian’s work has received both popular and professional recognition including an Artists and Industry Award in 1990. He is a contributing member of the City’s Urban Design team, who has won numerous prizes.

Philippe Lesage (Lighting Engineer - Product manager - Decorative Outdoor Lighting)
Worked for 10 years as Export Manager for a lighting manufacturer, Eclatec in France.
Philippe has been a partner with Versalux since 1988, involved with major urban development in Victoria, NSW, SA - Docklands, Swanston Street, Lygon Street, Commonwealth Games Melbourne Street, Adelaide and foreshore project Glenelg SA.

David Dreadon (Coomes Consulting)
Coomes Consulting Group is a multi-disciplined firm of consulting engineers, surveyors, planners, landscape architects and urban designers.
With offices in Melbourne, Shepparton, Albury/Wodonga and Geelong, we employ over one hundred professional people.

Our clients include the full spectrum of government, local government, public and private companies, organisations and individuals.
Master-planned urban developments are a major product of our business activities. We have a significant number of projects in our portfolio, offer integrated services in this area and have the capacity, resources and structure to deliver multiple large scale projects concurrently. Our expertise on the issues of urban and rural design, public consultation, strategic thinking and infrastructure management has enabled us to extend our knowledge and deliver development projects that continue to be at the leading edge.

Steeve O'Connor (Chief Executive Officer, JC Decaux)
An integrated suite of street furniture of world class design which enhances the “look of the city” is functional, safe, vandal and graffiti resistant, is flexible in design to meet the requirements of various organisations and improves pedestrian flow by minimising duplicate street furniture.”

The speakers from left to right: Ian Dryden, Steeve O' Connor, Sabine Haas, Tim Hart, Philippe Lesage, François Jousse, David Dreadon, John Acton
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