Day One included challenging keynote addresses about global issues confronting our cities and how best we can address them. Day two was a whirlpool of presentations that took the macro view down to micro insights into local and international research, design tools and models that are leading the way towards sustainable urban habitats. At the end of the day, a great panel discussion hosted by Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National’s “Australia Talks” program, focused on the nature of communities of the future. Day three erupted with a hot debate moderated by Jennie Brockie on the issues being faced by urban planners today, followed by more keynote presentations that explored the ways and means of building capacity within our communities, our future designers, and policy makers to implement the necessary adaptations to our cities.
Gold Coast Commitment
At the conclusion of the conference (coincidently at the same time as the Sydney APEC conference, but without the presence of the Chaser Team!), the Gold Coast Commitment was established to ensure that the best urban design practices, goodwill and collegiality, and momentum to instigate change would continue.
- Rapid Urbanisation and climate change are inextricably linked.
- This has adverse implications for people and the environment – at the local, national, and international level.
- This is an immediate challenge for everybody. Complacency is unacceptable. A major change of approach is needed now.
- The challenges are complex – but as a society we have the skills and determination to achieve the necessary changes.
- The will to act is critical. We are committed to act as groups and as individuals, to influence political decision-making at all levels – in the interests of all generations.
- A mind set change is needed to see the city as “the stage for life” and also that what each one of us does…matters. This edition of Urban Design Forum features a range of articles from the conference. To download papers and for more information www.urbandesignaustralia.com.au