Canberra: 3rd International Design Conference

August 27, 2010

Taking place at Canberra’s National Convention Centre, the conference explores sustainable development and rapid population growth.

The 3rd annual International Design Conference will focus on the issues associated with sustainable living in cities. Held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, the conference features international speakers presenting possible solutions to the challenges posed by rapid population growth.

*What impact will the debate over sustainable population for Australia have on our existing cities? The conference will examine how our new cities are conceived and our existing ones are adapted, re-designed and managed.*

Themes addressed during the conference include:
Demographic change
Housing diversity and affordability
Settlement patterns
Infrastructure and sustainability in the “New” Australia
Transport system requirements
Energy efficient building design
Effective governance and leadership
Sustainable higher density development
Renewable development
Managing the carbon footprint of new and existing cities
The future of public spaces
Food and resource vulnerability

Parsons Brinckerhoff Director of Sustainability Darren Bilsborough, one of the presenters at the conference, said there are solutions to the challenges faced by Australian cities.

“With 90% of Australia’s population in urban areas, planners and developers need to address a number of vulnerabilities to secure city living. Central to solving these challenges is innovation – in technology and also in planning.”

Mr Bilsborough said the use of biophilic design principles, which address “the physical greening of our cities and a move away from car dependence,” is one possible solution as strategic plans face new national criteria. “Using this design we may be able to lift economic productivity, respond to climate change and gear the nation for 35 million people by 2049.”

*When* Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 August 2010
*Where* National Convention Centre, Canberra

More information about the conference can be found at ["www.urbandesignaustralia.com.au":http://www.urbandesignaustralia.com.au/]

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