Smart Urban Futures 2017

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Date(s) - 28/03/2017 - 29/03/2017
All Day

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

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We all want more liveable, walkable, sustainable communities. But can we deliver them, and how do we build the evidence and community support required to advance positive change?

This conference will provide both inspiration and practical pathways for delivering smart urban futures, no matter how large or small your community. It will include a genuine conversation about the barriers that are holding us back and ways to overcome them.

Keynote speakers

  • Brent Toderian, founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism. One of the World’s leading urban planners, Brent was Chief Planner of Vancouver from 2006-2012, consolidating Vancouver’s reputation as a city by design. He now advises cities from Brisbane to Copenhagen, Sydney to Halifax.
  • Dr Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney. Tim was previously CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership and in 2003 he was voted by his peers as the leading person in UK urban renewal. Tim wrote much of the current Mayor’s Design Guide for London.
  • Lucinda Hartley, Co-Founder, CoDesign Studio. Lucinda is an urban designer and social entrepreneur named as one of Melbourne’s ‘Top 100’ most influential people. As co-founder of CoDesign Studio, a placemaking social enterprise, Lucinda launched Australia’s largest tactical urbanism program: The Neighbourhood Project.
  • Justin Madden, City Strategy Executive – City Operations Leader, ARUP. A former architect, Justin held seven Ministerial portfolios across 11 years in the Victorian Parliament, including Minister for Planning from 2006-2010.
  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Director of RMIT’s Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform. For two decades, Billie and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing.

Key themes

Smart Urban Futures National Conference themes include:

  • Preparing for an uncertain future – what might it look like? How do we position our communities to be resilient and adaptable to whatever comes our way?
  • Healthy communities and street design that works for everyone – designing for the young and the old, gender and diversity
  • Building community support – how to get councillors, traders, stakeholders and the public on-side
  • Development we can be proud of – building new suburbs and major infill that really work
  • Integrated transport planning – transport projects that work for local communities
  • Bringing economic development and urban design together – selling sustainable urban change as an economic development path.

Pre-conference masterclass

Behavioural interventions to encourage walking for transport.

Conference attendees are invited to the free pre-conference masterclass and places are limited.

How do we encourage people to walk to work, school and other everyday destinations? This masterclass will bring together leading Australian behaviour change experts to share their experience and explore in detail the methods, tools and lessons from the Change to Walking Program, supported by VicHealth and managed by Victoria Walks in collaboration with five Victorian councils.

Hear from both the program leaders and the councils themselves (council speakers to be advised).

Speakers include:

  • David Engwicht, Director of Creative Communities International (Brisbane).
  • Alice Woodruff, Director, Active Cities and manager of Change to Walking.
  • Jonathan Daly, Director, The Change Collective, who led the evaluation of Change to Walking.