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.

This years’ theme, “Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities”  will focus on an understanding of what makes a city ‘smart’ from an urban design perspective and how the built environment develops during the city planning process.

Topics will include:

  • 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
  • Open

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.

Keynote Speakers

Invited Keynote Speakers

  • Susan Harris – CEO, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia

The Conference attracts delegates from a wide range of backgrounds including:

Policy makers Social planners Town Planners
Politicians Architects Urban Designers
Senior public servants Landscape Architects Consultants
City Governance personnel Engineers Demographers
Development Industry Academics Researchers
Infrastructure Fund Managers Economic Commentators


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