We do actually create environments for people and have influence on the way people live – this comes with a responsibility to ensure that we create positive change for our people and our communities.
I think we all to some extent are aware of much of the information discussed at the conference, but it was good to be re-informed, re-inspired and, for New Urbanisms as a group, to mobilise to the momentum to create this positive change in the built environment for our communities. The most memorable lessons I learned at the conference are:
- “Small is beautiful”
- We need to put people first (the rest will come…)
- We need to return to the basics – connectivity, placeness, compactness, diversity and frugality
- We need to use Australian architecture – use the existing architecture as prompt/guide and avoid ‘universal’ architecture and design in our cities.
I will certainly use my new found New Urbanism knowledge in my work from now on!