Keynote Speaker Announcement: Mr Chris Johnson AM, CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia on Apartment Living Driving Co-operative Consumption

Chris JohnsonWe are pleased to announce Mr Chris Johnson AM, CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia, 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.

Chris Johnson will be speaking on; ‘Apartment living will drive co-operative consumption in Australian cities’

The growth rate of Australian cities can only be met by a cultural shift to a co-operative consumption philosophy where people live in smaller places (mainly apartments) but share amenities and urban spaces.

But the public domain will increasingly be delivered by the private sector as scarce government funds go to the health system for an ageing society. This will require innovative governance and private public partnership approaches to the urban design of cities.

Chris Johnson is the CEO of Urban Taskforce Australia, an organisation that represents the property industry. In this role Chris has produced research papers on the structure of local government in NSW and publications on the future of our cities.

Chris has worked closely with local government as Executive Director in the NSW Department of Planning in developing the Housing Code, plans for regional cities and urban renewal generally.

Before this he was NSW Government Architect for 10 years, a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Heritage Council of NSW and many government committees. Chris has written or edited over a dozen books on urban planning, architecture and cities. He has been adjunct professor at 3 Sydney universities and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.

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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