QLD AILA & PIA: Greening the City

QLD AILA & PIA: Greening the City

In the face of higher density housing and growing populations, urban residents and prospective unit purchasers are becoming increasingly vocal in their demands for more high quality and abundant open space. And with good reason.

Green space provides a city with a range of accessible environmental, economic, and liveability benefits. Greener cities are cooler, cleaner, more fun to live in, and provide habitat for a range of fauna. Attractive and well utilised green space can drive economic activity in the surrounding area, and provide opportunities to socialise, exercise and relax.

However meeting open space demand in existing urban areas is a challenging proposition. Land is expensive, city budgets are constrained, and statutory infrastructure contributions are capped. Rooftop and vertical gardens are costly, difficult to maintain, and address only a minor part of greenspace needs. This joint seminar with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects examines this issue and provides practical, real world examples of how planners and designers are repurposing urban land for greener purposes.

Alan Chenoweth MPIA, Senior Consultant to Cardno (Qld), will explore how multi-purpose open space shapes the city’s character, legibility, biodiversity, health and stormwater management. From this basis, Alan will compare the multipurpose benefits of ground-level and ‘high rise’ greenspaces and demonstrate how a green city can reduce urban heat islands and mitigate climate change while providing for a broad range of lifestyle expectations.

Catherine Simpson
, Senior Urban Designer and Landscape Architect at RobertsDay in Brisbane, will then discuss the implementation of green cities, and how cities can make better use of land. This will include a focus on the potential of the “green streets” movement, and the lessons learned from its application.

This seminar is a must for any built environment professional who wants to learn how green city concepts can be incorporated into their projects

Learning Outcomes

Core Competencies:

Understanding, interpreting and using spatial thinking

- Using a creative and integrative approach, drawing on a range of disciplines and methods

- Understanding and working with planning frameworks

- Developing and applying technical knowledge

Designed For

This seminar suits planners and designers who practice in the areas of plan making, urban design, street design, development assessment, and landscape design. This is not a back to basics series.


Alan Chenoweth MPIA is Senior Consultant to Cardno (Qld), a Registered Landscape Architect and Certified Environmental Practitioner, a Fellow and former office-bearer of four professional institutes including AILA, Australian Institute of Horticulture and Parks & Leisure Australia, and currently chairs the Certification Board for the Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand. He holds qualification in agricultural science, landscape architecture and town planning, a Churchill Fellowship in Site Planning for Social Housing, and has more than 40 years inter-disciplinary experience in consultancy, public sector management, including roles as varied as environmental park planning and Housing Commission land development. Alan has been a pioneer in environmental planning in Queensland, with a number of awards for innovative approaches to integrating ecological and landscape evaluation studies with town planning, GIS mapping and impact assessment, and has considerable experience as an expert witness. He is currently undertaking a PhD in the ethics of professional environmental practice at Griffith University.

Catherine Simpson is a Senior Urban Designer and Landscape Architect at Roberts Day in Brisbane. She has worked internationally for major multidisciplinary firms within the U.K., Scandinavia, Australasia and Africa. With a background in green city design, hospital master planning, place making and community engagement, she brings a passion for people, place and health. Her focus involves the intersection of future cities, green infrastructure, health, and climate change. She has spoken on this topic at the Future of Healthcare Conference at Milan Expo, the European Healthcare and Design Conference, UK-China Green Health Conference, and Healthy City Design Conference in London.

Event Details:
: Tuesday 30 April 2019
Where: Allens, Level 26, 480 Queen Street, Brisbane (Note: Lifts lock at 5.30pm and after this time there is no access to the seminar)
Time: Registrations & Refreshments from 5pm. Seminar 5.30pm-7.00pm
RSVP: 23 April 2019 @ 11pm
Student Members $35
Graduate Members $50
PIA/AILA Members $65 - AILA members email qld@planning.org.au to register for PIA Member rate
Non Members $95

No refunds or cancellations available after Tuesday 23 April 2019

Thank you to our sponsor:

30/04/2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Allens, Level 26, 480 Queen Street BRISBANE QLD 4000

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