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The Deakin Lectures 2010

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at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Innovating the Cities: Design, Planning and Architectural Solutions in the Urban Environment

If the climate problem is going to be addressed successfully, the high emissions energy and transport systems on which the provision of electricity and mobility depend must change. The bulk of these changes must happen where most of us live: it is cities that must change. For it is cities where more than 50% of humanity now lives, 75% of the world’s energy is used, and around 70% of our greenhouse gases are emitted.

But how far can prevailing assumptions regarding the city and what a sustainable city is, take us? What are the challenges of overcoming our assumptions regarding suburbia, ‘green spaces’ and pursuing development that promotes lively, attractive and sustainable places where we can live and work. Is this a brave new world, or are we returning to the practices of the past where development was mixed with high quality public amenity and given time to mature and grow?

1:30 – 2:15pm- Keynote Lecture
2:15 – 2:30pm- Interval
2:30 – 3:30pm- Panel Discussion

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Portrait of David Owen

David Owen

Keynote Speaker: David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. He is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently *Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer,

and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability*.

Portrait of Rob Adams

Rob Adams

Professor Rob Adams' decades of seminal work as an architect and urban designer was recognised in 2007 with an Order of Australia (AM) for services to urban design, town planning and architecture.

Portrait of Melinda Dodson

Melinda Dodson

Panel Member: Melinda Dodson is a Principal Architect with multi-disciplinary international practice GHD.

Portrait of Sue Holliday

Sue Holliday

Panel Member: Sue Holliday is Managing Director of Strategies for Change, a small strategic consultancy specialising in urban and regional planning.

Portrait of Bruce Taper

Bruce Taper

Panel Member: Bruce is a Director of Kinesis.

The Deakin Lectures 2010

Thirty of the best minds on the climate change issue, in the one place, at the one time. The Deakins 2010.

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