Climate change challenges,
opportunities & urban design solutions

BRISBANE CONVENTION CENTRE
THURSDAY TO SATURDAY  11 - 13 AUGUST  2011 

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transform

…considered as the verb, we can think of it in terms of…

Transforming urban landscapes -- turning brownfields into greenfields, sprawl v. consolidation, green infrastructure, reconnecting urban precincts, urban design for resiliency in the face of climate change; scales of transformation – from the metropolitan to the backyard.

Transforming attitudes and behaviour – communicating about change, communicating landscape values and principles, spreading the language of landscape; changing from a culture of consumption to one of sustainability.

Transforming communities – through participation and engagement; capacity building and community development; cultural expressions; landscape and public health; pedestrian and bicycle friendly environments; community gardening and other significant shared public spaces.

Transforming practice – working in collaboration with other disciplines, pro bono work, integrated design solutions.

Transforming education – the instrument of change; research and new knowledge, new technologies for delivering education, continual learning, situated and service learning.

Evolutionary v. revolutionary transformations – Is landscape architecture destined to be evolutionary because of the time it takes for our work to become apparent?

Technology speeds up the possibility for communicating our ideas and for simulating the development of a landscape over time, but the reality of transformation is much slower.


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