Landscape Architecture - Honours

Hamilton Precinct

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Hamilton Precinct focuses on creating a mixed balance between green spaces and an urban lifestyle for life during and beyond the 2032 Brisbane Summer Olympic Games. The design focuses on the biophilia theory allowing humans a connection with nature and the urban within a landscape providing local residents an opportunity to interact with nature right at their doorstep. The drawing design is inspired by a pop art theme, capturing images in a more graphical and artistic method.

The Hamilton Precinct will be a sustainable and dynamic urban landscape that will be engaged by the Olympic and Hamilton communities from 2032 and onwards.


In 2032, Brisbane will enter the limelight on the world stage when it becomes the host to the 35th Summer Olympic Games. The games will be the third time hosted on Australian shores, the first being in Melbourne 1956 and the other occasion being Sydney 2000. The city of Brisbane has however hosted major events before such as the 1982 Commonwealth Games and also played a major role in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The benefits of hosting the games is creating sustainable infrastructure, global tourisms and an economical boost to the city, with predications that “the Games will bring $17bn in economic benefits” (The Guardian. 2021). The games are also set to be “the first climate positive summer Olympics” (Climate Council. 2021) which has been set upon the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) in 2020. The goal is to create renewable energy and a zero-carbon footprint to meet and go beyond the current obligation of reducing and compensating carbon emissions” (IOC. 2020). Therefore, Brisbane 2032 Games will need to meet these standards of a “climate positive Olympics” in providing ecological infrastructure, facilities and networks.

Project Aim

At the present time, there are no facilities in Brisbane that meet the requirements of the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, due to facilities not being up to standard/s or have not been constructed. The project creates the athlete’s village and public spaces to accommodate fans, competitors and the local community within the Hamilton area before, during and after the games.

The aim of the project is to create a sustainable, renewable and vibrant landscape for the Hamilton community to engage in, and the provision of facilities for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games. The design of the landscape represents the definition of Brisbane as an international city and the value and identify of Australia, along with a focus on local culture – Indigenous & all Australian culture. This is created through a versatile, adaptive and flexible landscape designed to extend past the Olympic games period, thus activating the site for a larger audience for a longer period of time. The design creates a zero-carbon emissions footprint through Brisbane and Australian carbon emission guidelines, whilst finding the balance on maintaining green spaces and an urban lifestyle. The design will have a long-lasting effect on the Hamilton community after the completion of Olympic Games, creating a sustainable, renewable and vibrant landscape.

The objectives for the project include:

1. Create a versatile, adaptive and flexible landscape for the Hamilton community.
2. Provision of facilities for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games.
3. Meet the zero-carbon emissions footprint.
4. Represent Brisbane, Indigenous and Australian culture, value and identify.
5. Create a balance between maintaining green spaces & urban development.

Site Location

Located 6km from the Brisbane CBD, Hamilton sits along the Brisbane River, with a new lifestyle and adventure waiting to be unlocked for the local community. During the 19th and 20th Century, Hamilton was the location of the Brisbane Port and major workshops, with the industrial estate gradually converting into a new urban waterfront development in the last 20 years. Due to this, Hamilton has been selected to be a major hub for 2032 Brisbane Summer Olympics incorporating Olympic facilities, public spacing and engaging the water front lifestyle (AU Stadiums. 2021).

Hamilton has been selected to be the location of the main athlete’s village, accommodating up to 10,000 athletes and staff for the 2032 Games (Queensland Government. 2021). This space was selected due to the site’s “prime waterfront location, proximity to the CBD and competition and training venues, let alone transport connections, make it an ideal location – even after the Games are over” (Queensland Government. 2021). With the Hamilton area having a strong future for residential and community growth over the next few decades, this will have a heavy focus on how the site will be effectively used before, during and after the 2032 Games. This is due to previous Summer Olympics such as Athens 2004 and Rio 2016, have failed in utilising Olympic facilities after the games were completed, causing major financial debts for their countries and leaving the existing facilities to languish (7 News. 2021), (Council on Foreign Relations. 2018). The project will create a lasting legacy via developing the provision of Olympic facilities, that will be transformed into apartment accommodation after the games. Furthermore, the outdoor landscape will engage in producing sustainable and dynamic components that will connect the waterfront to an urban lifestyle for Hamilton.

Prime waterfront location, proximity to the CBD and competition and training venues, let alone transport connections, make it an ideal location – even after the Games are over.

Queensland Government. 2021.

Carbon Emissions & Green lifestyle

The project focuses on the goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero, which is part of the conditions set by the Olympics for hosting the 2032 Summer Olympic Games. This is to create a greener and more sustainable future to tackle the effects of global warming.

The Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) in 2020 stated that “…from 2030 onwards, each OCOG will be required to go beyond the current obligation of reducing and compensating carbon emissions” (IOC. 2020). This goal of reducing and compensating carbon emission has been broken down into two points: minimising and compensate carbon emissions, and implement lasting zero-carbon solutions (IOC. 2020). To meet these set goals, the 2032 Summer Olympic Games have to implement methods and strategies into designing the facilities. Australia has already set a goal to have net zero emissions by 2050, or earlier, across all states and territories (Climate Works Australia. 2020). To achieve this, the government are looking down the path of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to power the future, already committing $1 billion to this program (Australian Government. 2015). The focus will be on “new and emerging technologies like large scale solar and battery storage” (Australian Government. 2015). This will minimise and compensate carbon emissions across Australia to meet its set goal by 2050. However, by 2030, the “The Australian Government will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 26–28 per cent below 2005 levels” (Australian Government. 2015).

Brisbane has researched and developed a tree cover plan to be implemented across its council region by 2031. This plan will be assessed through “native vegetation communities across Brisbane, at all levels of maturity and condition” (Brisbane City Council. 2021). Currently as of 2019, Brisbane City Council areas have a total of 38.9% tree cover across mainland Brisbane. By 2031, the city has set out to meet 40% tree cover. This plan has been set to reduce the cities carbon footprint, thus creating more opportunities and methods on delivering a suitable lifestyle (Brisbane City Council. 2021).


The Hamilton Precinct will meet the 2032 Summer Olympic Games goal of being a carbon neutral site with new and advance technology producing a net 0% carbon emissions site. Green spacing has been implemented throughout the site area to accommodate the Hamilton Precinct project goal of obtaining 50% tree cover, which goes beyond the Brisbane 2031 tree cover goal of 40%, delivering a local green suburban area. This green network will also be implemented across the rooftops of apartments and major attractions, providing more benefits for the local environment and wildlife, incorporating renewable energy and energy efficient technologies within its design, delivering the zero-carbon footprint.



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Daniel Warner

Daniel Warner was born into a Defence Force family having experienced living all across Australia throughout his childhood. Daniel is a very social, energetic, and an outgoing person who depicts the typical Australian personality. He creates dynamic and vibrant pieces that challenges the idea of capturing images in a more graphical and artistic method, rather than the traditional realistic view.