Nathan Iyer Seminar: Making Better Places: Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. 

The role of landscape architecture has for many years focused on areas of privilege within the South African context. More recently, it has been acknowledged that a key area of need is introducing landscape architecture and urban design at the fringe of cities and in particular in transforming historical townships into better places. IYER have been at the forefront of projects that aim to achieve high levels of placemaking, regeneration and transformation. Nathan Iyer would present some of the key urban design and landscape interventions that the practice has been involved in which spans city to a township and ranges from parks, piazza, streets, courtyards, promenades and urban sculpture.

About Nathan Iyer:  

Nathan is an Urban Designer and founding member and principal partner of IYER Planning, Urban Design & Architecture which is an award-winning design practice based in South Africa.

Iyer is an innovative design studio specialising in urban planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. It has a proud history of planning sustainable city regions, delivering inspired public spaces and designing buildings with a pulse that remains timeless and true to both people and place. The practice has its roots in the major metropolitan areas of Durban and Johannesburg.

Nathan has been involved in the development field for over the last 20 years and has been the lead urban designer on several large-scale urban development projects within South Africa such as the Point Waterfront project, the Bridge City New Town Centre and the urban design of the award-winning 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium & Precinct.

Nathan is the lead urban designer for a Mega Project in South Africa known as Cornubia which aims at developing a New Town accommodating 28 000 homes and over 1 million square metres of commercial bulk.

He is also the lead urban designer for Sibaya which is a new sustainable urbanism community being developed by the private sector in Durban. This project is pioneering a new integrated approach to urban development and sustainability.

He has worked on several projects that traverse the disciplines of urban design and architecture and has a particular focus on integrated design. He is passionate about creating places that offer to mean, foster integration and which leave a lasting legacy of quality urbanism and a sense of place.