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National Forum: Cooling Cities

The CRCLCL’s UNSW Node of Excellence in High Performance Architecture held a National Forum on Cooling Cities on Friday 4 August 2017, attended by senior representatives of industry and local government.

The Forum was informed by a discussion paper Cooling Cities Strategies and Technologies to Mitigate Urban Heat, with attendees invited to respond to the paper and discuss ways to:

  • Address the urgent issues related to urban heat islands and extreme heat events in Australia.
  • Foster discussion on evidence-based decision-making in urban microclimate mitigation.
  • Provide recommendations on mitigation strategies and technologies.
  • Establish networks that facilitate collaborative efforts across academia, governments and the built environment industry.

The event included the launch of the CRCLCL’s new Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies, and attendees heard an update on the recently commenced project developing an Urban Heat Island Mitigation Decision Support Tool. Opening with a presentation by Greater Sydney Commission’s Environment Commissioner Professor Roderick Simpson, the Forum featured presentations from a range of CRCLCL researchers as well as CRCLCL industry partners AECOM, Bluescope Steel and HASSELL STUDIO.

A series of panel discussions featuring representatives from City of Melbourne, City of Sydney and UrbanGrowth NSW, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) drew out present and future policy directions, industry perspectives and the latest international and national evidence for mitigating the urban heat island effect

Industry and government representatives took part in lively discussions and offered responses relating to researcher presentations regarding utilisation and impact.

Resources from this event

Selected slides from the day's presentations

Media release

Discussion paper: Cooling Cities Strategies and Technologies to Mitigate Urban Heat

Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies 2017