Walkable cities – suburban urbanisation

The Committee for Melbourne and Hatch RobertsDay are delighted to invite you to a forum Walkable Cities – Suburban Urbanisation.

As part of the Committee’s COVID-19 sustainable Road to Recovery program this event will focus on two of the Committee’s four pillars; urban optimisation and liveability. Melbourne’s former status as the World’s Most Liveable City was in part attributable to its cherished; transit based, compact, connected, mixed-use, walkable inner neighbourhoods. During the COVID-19 pandemic residents within these neighbourhoods have been able to live, work, learn and play, all within walking and cycling distance of most of their daily needs.

This forum will contrast the form of the growth areas of metropolitan Melbourne with the unique characteristics of these timeless inner neighbourhoods and explore ways to emulate and replicate these unique characteristics in the suburban setting. Mike Day will moderate the forum and share the trends he expects we’ll see across Australia’s capitals through the next decade. Mike was recently quoted in the Herald Sun:

‘Mini Melbournes’ in outer suburbs, more climate-friendly development, and residential blocks above shopping centres have been forecast for 2020 and beyond.
– Scott Carbines, Herald Sun

This is an opportunity for all levels of government and the urban development industry to collaboratively and collectively embrace the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s 20 Minute Neighbourhood initiative.

We also welcome Leading Urban Thinker, Christopher B. Leinberger. Chris is a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author with an interest in balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. Chris is the author of The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream and Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies and has written for the Atlantic Journal, The New York Times and the Wall St Journal.

Join Mike, Christopher and our expert panel as we examine new ways of thinking about planning and delivering more liveable neighbourhoods in the growth areas of Melbourne.

Guest speakers:

  • Mike Day | Director and Co-founder, Hatch RobertsDay
  • Christopher B. Leinberger | Land Use Strategist, Developer, Professor, Researcher and Author; Managing Director and Co-founder, Places Platform, LLC; Professor and Chair, Center for Real Estate; Urban Analysis, George Washington University School of Business
  • Ludo Campbell-Reid | Director of City Design and Liveability, Wyndham City Council
  • Peter Seamer AM | Honorary Fellow, Centre Urban Research, RMIT University; Director at Planning Strategies Pty Ltd; Former CEO, VPA, Bendigo City Council and Federation Square
  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti | Director of Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform & Convener of the Healthy Liveable Cities Group, RMIT University

This forum will run from 11.00am to 12.00pm with an optional 20 minute e-networking session afterwards.

We also encourage you to supply a question when registering, to be answered during the discussion and subsequent e-networking.

For general enquiries please contact the events team at events@melbourne.org.au.

We look forward to hosting you.

Kind Regards,

Committee for Melbourne and Hatch RobertsDay

NOTE: Please be advised that this event may be recorded or photographs taken which may be used after the event on the Committee for Melbourne website or on other marketing materials. Please notify us if you do not consent to us recording or photographing you and using your image and likeness as mentioned.

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