Urban Screening 2019 Opening
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Urban Screening 2019 Opening

Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else. Italo Calvino – Invisible Cities

Urban Screening is a public video exhibition that collects local, national, and international films that engage with issues related to cities and public spaces. The event debuted at the Perth Cultural Centre during Architecture Week Western Australia 2014. In 2015, Urban Screening expanded to other Australian cities (Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra) through the Australian Institute of Architects’ Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN).

This year’s event is themed around the impacts of screens, surveillance, and mixed-realities upon the experience and imagination of cities. This year’s event will exhibit in the Perth Cultural Centre November 15 - December 15 and will be part of Melbourne Design Week in 2020.

Please join us for an early screening of films with drinks and popcorn to be provided.

When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: AUDRC, Level 2, 1002 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000

Cost: Free

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 Wildness and Wellbeing Book Launch
Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

Wildness and Wellbeing Book Launch

How can urban designers draw on neuroscience and ecology to address growing mental health issues in our cities?

The Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) invites you to the launch of Wildness and Wellbeing - Nature, Neuroscience, and Urban Design by Dr Zoe Myers

Wildness and Wellbeing explores the dynamic relationships between urban nature and mental health.Presenting the latest research, it demonstrates how neuroscience can offer new perspectives on the crucial role everyday, multi-sensory interactions with nature can have on our mental wellbeing. These insights can help us (un)design our streets, neighbourhoods and cities, allowing nature to be integrated back into our urban areas and offering practical strategies for urban design.

Wildness and Wellbeing is for anyone interested in the connections between urban ecology, health, environmental science, planning, and urban design.

Please join us to launch this exciting research, followed by refreshments with the team.

5:30pm-8pm
(6pm start)
Friday 29 November, 2019

Please RSVP to audrc.info@gmail.com or click attending for catering purposes.

Purchase a copy of the book HERE

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Desert Paradises Book Launch
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Desert Paradises Book Launch

Join us for the much-anticipated launch of AUDRC’s latest book:

Desert Paradises: Surveying the landscapes of Dubai’s urban model’

Dr Julian Bolleter

Agriculture, which started in the Fertile Crescent in ancient times, has spread substantially and now covers a significant swathe of the Earth's surface. 12,000 years later, Dubai – at the opposite end of The Gulf – is having an undue influence on urban development patterns around the world. While Dubai is often viewed by the West as being a ‘fantasy world in the desert’ we should not underestimate its significance to the broader context. As Rem Koolhaas says: ‘the emerging model of the Gulf city is being multiplied in a vast zone ... The Gulf is not reconfiguring itself, its reconfiguring the world.’

Praise for ‘Desert paradises’ from Alan Berger Professor of Advanced Urbanism at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Bolleter’s concise socio-cultural and econo-political overview gives way to documentation of the greed, ecological erasure, and distorted forms of practice that have gone awry in the desert ‘parascape'. His ground truthed methods shed important insight for designers to re-imagine new narratives for the region that can adjust imbalances before engineering gives way to total social and environmental collapse.”

Please join us for a tour of Dubai’s influential urban model at AUDRC on the 16th of August 6pm for a 6.30 start.

For more information on the book, or if you are interested in buying a copy you can access it HERE

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My Home Is Wider Than My Walls
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

My Home Is Wider Than My Walls

How can design foster feelings of empathy, belonging, safety, and tolerance in shared spaces?

2018 Australian-German Association and Goethe Institut Fellowship Award recipient Melissa Soh(currently working at PLACE Laboratory) traveled to Berlin last year to conduct research on the Spreefeld housing co-operative, and the participatory and collaborative design methods used in conjunction with residents and tenants.

Join us to hear Melissa talk about the fascinating outcomes they achieved creating bespoke and adaptable spaces in the public realm, and her cross-cultural research experiences.

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Serious Games
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Serious Games

Serious Games: Co-design methods for community and stakeholder-led planning and design

Join us for an interactive, dynamic night of learning about how community can shape where they live. AUDRC's Dr Anthony Duckworth-Smith will present his research and discuss his experience in the development and testing of this co-design method and physical 3D models. From working with the City of Fremantle in changing infill housing policy, to Victoria Park community engagement, Anthony and AUDRC have been using these co-design tools and physical models to create successful outcomes.

You will have the chance to play the game! Followed by refreshments with the team.

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Bright Lights in the Big City
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Bright Lights in the Big City

Join us for AUDRC’s annual graduate showcase!  An evening of dynamic conversations and bold ideas, fuelled by presentations by our graduating Masters of Urban Design thesis students. From creating meaningful places for migrant communities to dealing with the impacts of Automation, students will share their findings on some of the biggest issues facing future cities.

This event is part of AUDRC’s ongoing commitment to providing meaningful connections between industry, government, and academia.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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PROVOCATIONS: Cassie Barrow
Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

PROVOCATIONS: Cassie Barrow

PROVOCATIONS is a talk series designed to open the door to a new conversation about our cities. In bringing together some of the best minds, this series offers a platform to throw light on ideas that seek to change the way we 'urbanise'. The evening talk sessions invite the audience to explore new possibilities and bold visions for our urban landscape. Each session will introduce a new and interesting topic delivered with a twist. This engaging, FREE talk series aims to inspire, challenge and stimulate creative thinking.

Cassie Barrow. Planning Consultant, Urbis

'Life on Mars: How can urban design create a viable and liveable off-world city?'

Cassie Barrow is a first class honours graduate and Planning Consultant at Urbis in Perth. In her final year at Curtin University, she used her thesis as an opportunity to explore urban planning and design in an off-world context, exploring how a planner's understanding of human and social needs could develop better solutions for human settlement in the context of places like Mars and the Moon than might otherwise be the case.

When Elon Musk plans to send man to Mars by 2024, and the European Space Agency contemplates a village on the Moon by 2030, contributing new knowledge to off-world colonisation seems a responsibility of our profession, as well as an opportunity to reflect on the values of our systems, practices and priorities here on Earth. The discussion will explore Cassie’s journey planning and designing for a viable and liveable colony on Mars. 

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PROPOSITIONS: Richard Weller
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

PROPOSITIONS: Richard Weller

The PROPOSITIONS speaker series aims to invite and engage in conversations about the future of cities; tackling the big issues that are driving urban change. The UWA School of Design and The Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) has the pleasure of inviting you, to join us, On October 3, 2018 to an evening lecture with the distinguished,

Richard Weller 

Richard Weller is a former Director of AUDRC and adjunct professor at UWA. He now holds the Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture and co-executive director of the McHarg Center at The University of Pennsylvania. In over 30 years of practice, Weller’s creative work has received numerous awards, predominantly in international design competitions, and been exhibited in galleries such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the MAXXI Gallery in Rome and the Canadian Design Museum. Weller's research has concerned scenario planning for cities, megaregions and nations. His most recent research concerns global flashpoints between biodiversity and urban growth. He has published 4 books and over 100 single-authored academic papers and is the Creative Director of the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture LA+. In 2012 he received a national (Australian) teaching award and in 2017 and again in 2018 was voted by the Design Intelligence Survey as one of North America’s “most admired” teachers.

'Designing A Planet'

The lecture considers the territorial and aesthetic reach of landscape architecture and urbanism in the context of the Anthropocene. The lecture pivots around the speaker’s current research regarding biodiversity and urbanization on a planetary scale, and by drawing on the metaphor of the terrarium, opens up the overarching question of whether a planet can be (consciously) designed.

A video recording of the event can be viewed HERE


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Ghost Cities Book Launch
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

Ghost Cities Book Launch

The Ghost Cities of Australia: A Survey of New City Proposals and Their Lessons for Australia’s 21st Century Development

Dr Julian Bolleter

This book examines failed 20th century new city proposals (‘ghost cities’) in Australia to understand the hurdles – environmental, societal, and economic – that have curtailed such visions. The lessons from these relative failures are important because, if projections for Australia’s 21st century population growth are borne out, we will need to build new cities this century. This is particularly the case in northern Australia, where the federal government projects a four-fold increase in population in the next four decades. The book aims that, when we commence 21st century new city dreaming, we have learnt from the mistakes of the past and, are not doomed to repeat them. The book will be launched by Sandra Harben and Fred Chaney AO. For more information on the book, or if you are interested in buying a copy you can access it HERE

Please join us for a tour of Australia’s Ghost Cities!

A video recording of the event can be viewed HERE

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PROVOCATIONS: Renan Grace
Jul
30
5:30 PM17:30

PROVOCATIONS: Renan Grace

PROVOCATIONS is a talk series designed to open the door to a new conversation about our cities. In bringing together some of the best minds, this series offers a platform to throw light on ideas that seek to change the way we 'urbanise'. The evening talk sessions invite the audience to explore new possibilities and bold visions for our urban landscape. Each session will introduce a new and interesting topic delivered with a twist. This engaging, FREE talk series aims to inspire, challenge and stimulate creative thinking.

Renan Grace Transport specialist, KPMG

'Disruption and Adaptation: Harnessing the opportunities presented by disruptive transport technologies'

Have you considered the impact future transport decisions will have on our city and your industry? We are entering a new era in transport and cities, with autonomous vehicles, zero emission vehicles, car sharing and pooling set to become fixtures of daily life in our cities in the decades to come. These new technologies will shape our decisions about travel, car ownership and where we live and work - and in turn the form and function of our cities. Engineer and Transport Demand Specialist, Renan Grace, will explain why we can no longer rely solely on the transport models of the past; introducing us to a new human-centric model, ideally suited to exploring the technological, spatial and behavioural impacts of potential future scenarios. Renan will be joined by a panel of local experts, offering a rare opportunity to participate in a conversation in one of the most pressing and urgent challenges facing our cities today.

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PROVOCATIONS: Kate Fitzgerald
Jul
4
5:30 PM17:30

PROVOCATIONS: Kate Fitzgerald

PROVOCATIONS is a talk series designed to open the door to a new conversation about our cities.

Kate Fitzgerald 
Director, Whispering Smith Architecture

'The Tale of Two Developers'

In a world where 'sustainable' is a must-have description for virtually all things big and small, architect and developer, Kate Fitzgerald shares first-hand, her experience in promoting the 'real deal'. Kate's talk presents alternatives to the current residential housing paradigm and provides a way forward. This dynamic and passionate talk is guaranteed to promote meaningful and lively discussion.

A video recording of the event can be viewed HERE

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PROPOSITIONS: WATER
Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

PROPOSITIONS: WATER

The Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) is engaging in a conversation about the future of cities. PROPOSITIONS is about tackling the big issues that are driving urban change. 

What does it really look like to be a Water Sensitive City? 

The first conversation Blue Ocean Dreams is about water: what nature provides, how we manage it and how that can be used to shape our city. Join Bill Grace (Adjunct Professor; AUDRC; Civil Engineer; System Analyst), Dr Mike Mouritz (CRC Water Sensitive Cities Board; Western Region Advisory Panel for WSC Chair; Urban Strategist), and Dr Julian Bolleter (Deputy Director, AUDRC; Landscape Architect; Urban Designer) for a dynamic discussion on the relationship between water and the shape of our city, mixing context, history and thought leadership with an exploration of future possibilities. 

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