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National Forum: Future Cities

Thursday, 26 October 2017
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The Future Cities National Forum will be hosted by the CRCLCL’s University of Melbourne, Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) Node on Thursday 26th October 2017. The forum will explore four examples of these ‘re-inventing the city’ movements, to ask whether they offer a route to the kind of radical restructuring of the city necessary to achieve a viable and resilient post-fossil-fuel urban future. 

  1. Re-inventing 'Humanity's Greatest Invention’ - Urban transformation as a cultural project 
  2. Smart Cities - Technology, Data and the Internet of Things 
  3. The City as Nature, not a refuge from nature  - Urban Forests, Urban Food, Biophilic Cities 
  4. The City of Short Distances - the 20 minute city and the future of distributed infrastructure provision (energy, water, food, waste).

This invitation-only event is informed by a discussion paper and will:

  • Explore how ‘rethinking’ movements stand in contrast to the mainstream approaches to low-carbon futures 
  • Present the latest research in the field in relation to these four movements
  • Include international speakers from Sweden and The Netherlands, with a keynote speech from Prof Arjan Van Timmeren, Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)
  • Showcase global examples of these concepts in practice 
  • Provide an overview of current Vision and Pathways 2040 project research
  • Foster collaborative discussion through a series of interactive panels sessions
  • Establish networks that facilitate collaborative efforts across academia, governments and the built environment industry