Monday 30th September
Join experts in urban design across a program of keynotes and workshops aimed to promote sustainable urbanisation, and explore how we can create cities that are clever, compassionate and brave. This Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) is designated United Nations event, designed to assist with the implementation of the UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda and the World Urban Campaign. Participation in the UTC is free.
The QUT United Nation’s Urban Thinkers Campus day is free. Registrations via Eventbrite.
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Being Urban: an exploration of new urbanities for a resilient future
Welcome to Country by Uncle Des Sandy, Yuggera Elder and Traditional Custodian
Welcoming address from Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, Queensland University of Technology
Opening remarks by Dr Mirko Guaralda, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Queensland University of Technology
PANEL 1 : CLEVER CITIES
This session will address design, planning, and governance practice that shape our built environment. Starting from the premises of the current debate about smart cities, this session will explore how design thinking can inform governance and planning practice. Suggesting a broader approach to the management of our urban environment, the session will enquire the paradigm shifts necessary to foster resilient cities in terms of governance culture and practice, going beyond the mere implementation of technological or smart solutions.
Chair: Prof Marcus Foth, Professor of Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Natalie Osborne, Urban Research Program, Griffith University
Assoc Prof Martin Tomitsch, Director of Bachelor of Design Computing, University of Sydney
Anne Kovachevich, Australasian Foresight & Innovation Leader, Arup
PANEL 2: COMPASSIONATE CITIES
This session will focus on responsible design at different level. The concept of care will be explored in terms of inclusive design to engage communities left at the edge of our urban culture; debate gentrification and commercialization of our cities, considering how affordability can be built in our urban praxis. The session will also consider care for the environment and debate how to move from the current anthropocentric model to a more-than-human urbanity.
Chair: Dr Simone Brott, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Queensland University of Technology
Pekeri Ruska, General Manager, North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal and Islanders Housing Co-operative
Dr Mary Graham, Associate Adjunct Professor, Consultant in Aboriginal Community Planning and Development, The University of Queensland
Cr Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba Ward, Queensland Greens
PANEL 3: BRAVE CITIES
This session will debate innovative design practice that promote a people-centered approach aiming to empower communities at different levels. Focusing on lifestyle as the main driver of contemporary urban development, this session will enquire how to affect change in people lives, at multiple level, to foster new urbanities, new urban culture. The role of spatial disciplines, such as architecture, planning, or landscape architecture, and not-spacial disciplines, such as fashion, industrial design, or interactive design, will be discussed as an avenue to promote vibrant, dynamic, and resilient cities for our future.
Chair: A/Prof Karen Vella, Associate Professor in Planning, Queensland University of Technology
A/Prof Kathi Holt-Damant, Vice-President, UDAL Urban Design Alliance of Queensland
Malcolm Middleton, Architect and Urban Designer, Queensland Government Architect
Ella du Plessis, Place Management Team Leader, Logan City Council
Brave Cities Panel brought to you by Arup.
Design Charrettes: Compassionate Cities, Clever Cities, Brave Cities
Closing remarks by Dr Mirko Guaralda, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Queensland University of Technology