60 results for: ‘water sensitive’


March 26, 2019 - March 28, 2019

Mercure Brisbane Hotel

4th Water Sensitive Cities Conference 2019

The Water Sensitive Cities Conference series celebrates how water shapes our cities and towns into places that are more liveable, resilient and sustainable. ‘Delivering the transition to water sensitive cities: approaches, activities, and achievements’ will be the conference theme in 2019—the next step from ‘Making the transition’ theme in 2017.

You can check out the draft conference program, book tickets, and find key information for delegates HERE.

Review Foreground articles on landscape water issues HERE

November 30, 2017

City of Melbourne The Dock 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

Blue meets green: A seminar

Victoria is a great place to live, with stunning natural environments, green urban spaces and well-planned cities and towns. How the state manages its water and land plays an important role in enhancing the liveability of urban centres.

In this seminar presented by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and the Australian Water Association (AWA), a raft of speakers discuss the Victorian Government’s new Integrated Water Management (IWM) Framework and how it will help local governments and water sector partners to work towards this plan.



Introduction: Rachel Smithers, Associate Director at Urbis.

MC: Chris Chesterfield, Director Strategic Engagement at CRC Water Sensitive Cities, Commissioner at VEWH.

Deb Brown, Director, IWM at DELWP
Having worked across environmental, urban and rural water policy portfolio areas, Deb has an in-depth understanding of Victoria’s water entitlement and planning frameworks.

Chris Beardshaw, President Stormwater VIC
Chris is highly experienced in a wide range of water related and civil construction projects, including design and construction of lakes, dams and wetlands. His civil design and construction experience combined with hydraulic modelling expertise is particularly orientated towards Urban design and flood modelling issues.

AWA & AILA Members $40
Non-Members $60

Book a spot, here


March 20, 2018 - March 20, 2018

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, Melbourne

Living with water: Design for uncertain times

Water has always played a vital role in human history, enabling trade and agriculture while supporting health and vitality. Yet what happens when water threatens life? Today some cities suffer from rising sea-levels and unprecedented storms, while other cities suffer drought and depleted aquifers. How can we build resilience in such uncertain times?

In this full-day symposium, Foreground and a series of national and international experts will explore the relationship between water and land.


Speakers include:

Kongjian Yu,  founder of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor of Design at Peking University. He is also the founder of Turenscape, one of the first and largest private architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism practices in China. His pioneering research on “ecological security patterns” and “sponge cities” have been adopted by the Chinese government as the guiding theory for national land use planning, eco-city campaigns, and urban ecological restoration.

Kristina Hill is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hill studies urban ecology and hydrology in relationship to physical design and social justice issues. Her primary area of work is in adapting urban districts and shorezones to the new challenges associated with climate change. After Hurricane Katrina, she became a member of the Dutch-American engineering and design team that developed New Orleans’ ambitious water management strategy. She continues to collaborate with colleagues in The Netherlands to understand the potential for lower-cost, dynamic designs to help protect coastal communities as sea levels rise.

Adrian McGregor is the founding principal of landscape architecture practice McGregor Coxall. McGregor has over twenty-six-years international experience working, teaching and writing about urban design, landscape architecture and the environment. Nominated as one of Sydney’s 100 most creative people, his expertise lies in combining development feasibility, politics, culture and ecology with a passion for design, to create sustainable places in the built and natural environments. His design and mediation skills have been successfully applied to many projects around Australia and the world, bringing communities, authorities and developers together.

Lykke Leonardsen is Head of Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions, City of Copenhagen, Denmark.  Leonardsen has worked in urban development for the more than 25 years in Copenhagen. From 2008, she worked for the Technical and Environmental Administration in charge of making Copenhagen more blue and green – in charge of water management and green infrastructure planning. It was as part of this work that the Copenhagen’s Climate Change Adaptation plan was developed. In January 2014, she became the head of the Climate Unit, in charge of the Climate Change Adaptation program, and the city’s ambitious plan to be the first carbon neutral capital of the world before 2025. Leonardsen has a Master in Near Eastern Archaeology and Master of Public Policy.

More speakers will be announced in January 2018.

TIME: 9AM – 5PM, 20 March 2018

TICKETS: Click here

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2018, an initiative by Creative Victoria in partnership with NGV and is being held in partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the University of Melbourne.

March 13, 2019

University House Australian National University, 1 Balmain Cres, Acton ACT

The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Ecology Forum

The EIANZ is convening a one-day forum featuring a range of presentations about environmental policy and practice relating to ecology.

The presentations cover a wide range of ecological related matters such as:

  • Grassland and woodland mapping
  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Sampling designs for aquatic ecology
  • eDNA – innovating wildlife detection
  • Benefits of development for a species
  • Ecological permits and approvals
  • Acoustic technology to survey bats
  • Blue Mountains Water Skink
  • Restoration of ecosystems
  • Trapping for cane toad tadpoles
  • Nationally threatened ecological communities
  • NSW Biodiversity Offset Scheme

For further information see HERE.

March 21, 2017 - March 21, 2017

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Urban Ecology: Design for living systems

The history of cities is one of ecological erasure. Land gets cleared, construction starts and biodiversity takes a hit. But this degradation impacts us too, from polluted air and water shortages to reduced urban amenity. Finally, we have come to realise that the city itself is ­a living system. How can design contribute to this new ecological paradigm?

Speakers: Dr Adrienne Keane, Director of the Master of Urbanism program at Sydney University and a team member of the Urban Ecology Renewal Investigation Project. Rueben Berg is a co-founder of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria. Ron Jones is a landscape architect with a focus on public landscapes. Amy K. Hahs is a Director at Urban Ecology in Action.
Forum Chair: Maitiú Ward, publisher and co-editor of Foreground.

This forum is an initiative of Foreground in partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and is supported by WE-EF LIGHTING.

Tickets: available from Eventbrite here

March 19, 2019

Great Hall, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Toxic City Forum

Presented by the NGV, Foreground and The New York Times

TUE 19 MAR, 2.30–6PM

As the global population heads towards nine billion, science heralds news of humans indelibly altering nature’s balance. Cities and the systems that sustain them – food, water, and energy – are major factors in climate change and the interlinked cycles of waste and pollution. As national governments argue, cities are leading the way and becoming testing grounds for a better future. This high-energy, provocative symposium brings together local and international experts to examine the scale of the problems ahead and to ask how we might build cleaner, healthier, more resilient cities, confronting the systemic problems that are poisoning them in the first place.


Daan Roosegaarde, Dutch Artist and innovator, Studio Roosegaarde

Craig Reucassel, Jury Chair, ABC’s War on Waste

Bonnie Herring, Director, Breathe Architecture

Ross Harding, Founder, Finding Infinity

Prof Sue Anne Ware, Head of School, Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

Joost Bakker, Visionary, disruptor and environmental activist


Virtual floods, smart highways and smog-sucking towers; Roosegaarde pulls technology out of the screens to examine and activate solutions to improve daily life in urban environments. In his interactive talk, Roosegaarde will explore the social role of design and the importance of ‘Schoonheid’ (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness), along with his vision for the future.

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’, building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and won Design Project of the Year at the 2018 Dezeen Awards.

Cost $15 NGV Member / $20 Adult / $18 Concession

Venue Great Hall, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Book now

March 17, 2019

NGV INternational, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter north entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt)

Melbourne Design Week Lecture: Marjetica Potrč

Marjetica Potrč is an artist and architect based in Ljubljana and Berlin. Her work typically focuses on community-based projects that demonstrate a concern for sustainability and participatory design. These projects facilitate individual empowerment, problem-solving tools and strategies for self-sustainability. Key projects include ‘Dry Toilet’ (Venezuela), ‘The Soweto Project’ (South Africa) and ‘Of Soil and Water’ (England) – a public art project and chemical-free swimming pond located on a construction site in London. Until 2018 Potrč was a professor of social practice at Hamburg’s University of Fine Arts/HFBK. Here she discusses her practice, which merges art, architecture, ecology and anthropology.

Sunday 17th March 5-6pm

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