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Sustainable Placemaking

Sustainable Lecture by Christopher Wren in Edinburgh, Scotland

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An Australian Perspective
Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre
43 – 45 High Street, Edinburgh
Date: 6 Jul 2010
Time: 6.30 till 8pm

In Australia, where the population is expected to increase by 60% to 2050, to be accommodated predominately in a few coastal urban areas, there is considerable pressure on the natural and cultural landscape. However this growth provides an opportunity to create a sustainable development form.

Sustainability that embodies an equitable, humane and engaging future, is of particular importance in a country where there is only a relatively short history. While there are clear distinctions between new places, such as Australia and the UK, the essential ingredients for successful urban environments are similar.

The principles of sustainable urban development have been established for over 40 years and, while seemingly prosaic, they are often misinterpreted. The subtle interaction of urban design and land use patterns working within the realities of modern building typologies, together with the soft infrastructure to support the development of a community, creates a successful place. However, it is often the fundamentals that get lost in the lengthy planning and delivery process.

Christopher’s presentation will address some urban sustainability imperatives, drawing on projects from Europe, the UK, the USA and some Australian exemplars to illustrate the key issues.

Presentation by : Christopher Wren
Founding Principal, HASSELL Queensland Australia

Christopher Wren has over 35 years experience as an architect, landscape architect and urban designer, working in most states of Australia and overseas, in the UK, USA and Asia. He has also taught in the USA and in Australia. He is a former chair of the Brisbane City Council Sustainability Advisory Committee and member of the Premier of Queensland’s Round Table. He is currently member/chair of the Urban Land Development Authority Design Review Panel and is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology.

In addition to the management and design of large scale complex urban projects, he has specific expertise and in the master planning and design of mixed-use urban development, commercial offices, education facilities, health facilities, airports, residential and retail, and a particular focus on sustainable design. He also has a wealth of experience as the founder of HASSELL in Queensland and a former Director of the HASSELL International Board, overseeing the growth of the practice into the largest multidisciplinary planning and design practice in Australasia.

Places are free but limited. If you would like to attend please RSVP to [email protected]

HASSELL architects


Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh Developments with Placemaking Discussions:

Leith Docks
Leith Docks
picture from architect

The Exchange Edinburgh
The Exchange Edinburgh
aerial photo © Sean Gallagher

Haymarket Station
Haymarket Station
picture from the architect

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

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