URBIS Dialogue 11: The importance of scale in understanding urban patterns and applying nature-based and community-based solutions
APRIL 14, 2016 2:00 PM CEST
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Prize-winning architect, writer, international speaker, green building and ecocity pioneer and early advocate for action on climate change. Paul Downton is DeTao Master of Ecological Urban Design with the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai and Chief Consultant with Green World Solutions (Beijing) Ltd. His projects include keynote green buildings for Adelaide Zoo and the ANU and the internationally awarded Christie Walk development. Founder of Urban Ecology Australia (in 1991), his vision of ecological cities is supported by years of working with communities. In 1989 Paul founded Australia’s first community organisation focused on climate change and was 2008 South Australian finalist for Australian of the Year. With a doctorate in environmental studies and 30 years teaching architecture, Paul is acknowledged as a world leader in sustainable city making and theory and has been called an Australian icon of sustainable development and a ‘neighbourhood pioneer’. His book ‘Ecopolis: Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate’ was published in 2009. He is currently working on a series of books about ecocities.
Richard Register is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the modern Green/Ecocity movement, author of the first book to be published with ‘ecocity’ in its title, and an indefatigable champion of the ecocity idea. He was the founder of the International Ecocity Conference Series that began in Berkeley, California, 1990 and moved on to Adelaide, 1992; Yoff, 1996; Curitiba, 2000; Shenzhen, 2002; Bangalore, India, 2006; San Francisco, 2008; Istanbul, 2009; Montréal, 2011; Nantes, 2013; Abu Dhabi 2015. The next conference in the series returns to Australia and will be in Melbourne in 2017. Richard has worked extensively in China and can claim credit for popularising the ecocity concept in that country. He is one the few people presenting genuinely creative solutions to the making of a healthy, ecocity future – solutions that go way beyond the predictable ‘business-as-usual’ approach of mainstream urban planning and design professionals. He was founding president of Urban Ecology (1975) and founder and president of Ecocity Builders (1992). His books include: Ecocities – Building Cities in Balance with Nature, Second Edition, 2006, New Society Publishers Ecocity Berkeley – Building Cities for a Healthy Future, 1987, North Atlantic Books His latest book, ‘World Rescue: An economics built on what we build’ (Ecocity Builders, 2016) fits his vision for compact ecological cities to an economic framework in which healthy construction replaces the war machine as a driver of the world’s economy.