Current Thinking Seminar - Setting the New Planning Agenda
31 March 2009
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Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change
Half of the worlds inhabitants now live in cities. In the next 20 years, the number of urban dwellers will swell to an estimated five billion people. With inefficient transportation systems and poorly designed buildings, many cities consume enormous quantities of fossil fuels and emit high levels of greenhouse gases. But our planet is rapidly running out of carbon based fuels that have powered urban growth for centuries and we seem unable to curb our greenhouse gas emissions.
Are the world's cities headed for inevitable collapse?
Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning from sustainable communities in Australia
Australia's per capita greenhouse gas emissions are second only to those of the U.S.A. A similar percentage of residents live in cities (85% in Australia) and it suffers from parallel problems of air and water pollutions, a national reliance on automobiles and high fossil fuel consumption. Still Timothy Beatley finds there are a myriad of creative responses to these problems.
Green Urbanism Down Under reports on th current state of "sustainability practice" in Australia, and the many lessons people can learn from the best Australian programs and initiatives.
Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University
Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of SustainableCommunities at the University of Virginia.
This event is a must for all urban planners and designers, social researchers, housing industry professionals and anyone interested in developing sustainable futures for urban areas. Come armed with questions for discussion during an extended Q&A session following the talk.
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: The Hearth, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Road
Contact: Sue Lalor
Phone: 9114 0941