Sustainable Suburbs? Best practices from Canada: Wed 29 Apr 6pm
UWA Woolnough Lecture Theatre, 29 April 2015- 6pm
A public lecture by
Dr David Gordon, Professor and Director Queen’s University School of Urban and
Regional Planning, Canada and 2015 IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow.
and Canada are two of the world’s most urbanised nations, despite their vast and
sparsely-populated interior regions. Cities such as Melbourne, Montreal, Perth,
Sydney, Toronto and Vancouver are renowned for their high quality of life, but
they also share an unusual urban structure, where most people live in
low-density, automobile-dependent suburbs. There is much evidence that this
form of urbanism is not socially, economically or environmentally sustainable.
And current public health research indicates that our suburban lifestyle may be
harming our citizens’ health.
Many Australians and Canadians love their cars and
their single homes, but can we make this suburban dream more healthy and
sustainable? This lecture will present current practice in better design and
redevelopment of suburban areas, extensively illustrated with examples from
across Canada provided by the Council for Canadian Urbanism.
The University of Western Australia
Woolnough Lecture Theatre
35 Stirling Hwy
Crawley, WA 6009