International Urban Design Conference

International Urban Design Conference

The 9th International Urban Design Conference will be held at Hyatt Canberra from Monday 7 November to Wednesday 9 November 2016. Wednesday 9 being optional tours.

“As our economy continues to transition and our knowledge-based industries grow, so too do our cities. To respond to this growth, and take advantage of tomorrow’s economic opportunities, we need to rethink the way our cities are planned, built and managed today.” (

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown down a challenge to the urban design community in launching his Smart Cities Plan earlier this year. As we meet in Canberra, our first planned car-centric city, we will need to contemplate a future of autonomous cars, extensive public transport and data controlled cities. The need for greater liveability, for green spaces and low energy buildings and affordable housing has never been greater as we move to ever greater urban populations in Australia. These are massive challenges to our thinking on urban design, city planning, and urban management.

In setting the theme for our ninth conference as “Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities”, we have sought to respond to the Prime Minister’s challenge by extending it to all delegates. The format of our conference will require greater delegate involvement by encouraging discussion and debate throughout all sessions, especially in the concurrent forums.

On behalf of the Committee, we look forward to meeting you at the Hyatt Canberra.Michael

Michael Neustein – Conference Chair
Director / Architect & Urban Planner/Designer, Neustein Urban

Keynote Speakers

2016 Program Topics:

  • How to make a city smart?
  • Sustainability in a smart city
  • Urban design innovation for smart cities
  • City Infrastructure
  • Urban design opportunities in high density living areas
  • Mixing up residential and commercial uses  in inner cities
  • Population change and livability
  • Housing affordability
  • Financing city development
  • What future for car dependent cities like Canberra?
  • Politics and city form: lessons learnt from the City of Canberra, and other Australian cities

The Conference program will also include presentations on the operation of an urban design practice, industry standards and the Urban Design Profession. The Conference will provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute, learn and network with peers.

Be inspired by innovations and projects that are transforming cities. This conference is an opportunity for design professionals to exchange ideas and experiences, to be creative and visionary, and to contribute to redesigning our urban futures.

Who Should Attend:

Urban Designers Policy Makers Town Planners
Politicians Architects Social Planners
Public Servants Landscape Architects Development Industry
Engineers Academics Researchers
Infrastructure Fund Managers City Governance Personnel Economic Commentators

What delegates thought about the 2015 Conference

  •  “Very good mix between professional, academic and governmental presentations”
  • “The keynotes speakers were inspiring, as it is my first international conference, I have learnt a lot from each of the presentations I attended”
  •  “I’ve walked away feeling very inspired and want to make some changes to how my role can influence urban planning within our care and control and infrastructure projects”
  •  “The sessions provided me with valuable knowledge and expanded thoughts of how and why we design places as we do”
  •  “There was a good spectrum from micro to macro issues”


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