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.