Keynote Speaker Announcement: Professor Paul Burton, Founding Director, Cities Research Centre, Griffith University on Smart Cities

Burton B&WWe are pleased to announce Professor Paul Burton – Founding Director, Cities Research Centre, Griffith University as a Keynote Speaker at The 9th International Urban Design Conference; Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities to be held at Hyatt Canberra from 7th-8th November 2016 with optional tours on Wednesday 9th November.

Professor Paul Burton will be speaking on; How smart can a city be? ‘Bringing critical and creative thinking to city planning’.

Smart cities are very popular at present, but it is often unclear what makes a city smart or what a smart city looks like.  Moving beyond limited conceptions of technological fixes to long-standing urban problems, this presentation explores the potential to be more smart in how we plan and manage our cities.  It considers more democratic approaches to planning and the ways in which both critical and creative thinking can be brought to bear when facing the challenges our cities.

Paul Burton is Professor of Urban Management and Planning and Director of the Cities Research Centre at Griffith University.  Previously he headed the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.  Paul is a founding member of Regional Development Australia, Gold Coast and a member of the national education committee of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Paul’s current research interests include the theory and practice of public participation in planning; the everyday professional lives of planners; metropolitan governance and planning for climate change adaptation.

Paul recently led a review of regional and infrastructure planning in Queensland.

The 9th International Urban Design Conference; Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities  will be held at Hyatt Canberra from 7th-8th November 2016 with optional tours available on Wednesday 9th November.

Registrations are now open. CLICK HERE to register for the Conference. Early bird closes 26th September 2016 so be quick to receive a discounted rate.

This years’ theme, will focus on an understanding of what makes a city ‘smart’ from a urban design perspective and how the built environment develops during the city planning process.

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 9th International Urban Design Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstracts close 25th July 2016.

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