The conference was not captured by any particular “ISM” or profession. It recognised the need for a diversity of approaches to urban development and, in the words of convenor Gerald Blunt, for “joined-up thinking”. The forces of globalisation and the need for new meaningful forms of local identity loomed large. In particular, the role of urban design in addressing social, economic, cultural and ecological issues was paramount.
The conference followed its successful forerunner in Auckland (2003) and the Melbourne conference (2001). It is important that the Urbanism Down Under continues as a trans-Tasman affair, given the fact that the urban futures of both countries are inextricably linked. We look forward to Urbanism Down Under, Australia, 2007.