Canberra Conversation Lecture Series

Changes in Canberra's Urban Form: Planning for the Future

Thu 28 June 2018Tony Powell AO, Professor Ken Taylor AM, Professor Patrick Troy and Toni Hassan / 12:30pm-1:30pmFunction Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY


ABOUT: Canberra has a unique place as one of the few planned Federal capitals around the world. Its urban form is undergoing some rapid changes including the construction of stage 1 of the light rail system, changes in the supply mix of standalone dwellings and apartments, and densification through high rise developments along the route of the light rail as well as in the town centres.

This IGPA Public Lecture will discuss the social, economic and environmental impacts of the planning policies underpinning these changes, and the extent to which they are commensurate with developments in technology, research in the relevant disciplines, and sound planning principles.

The event is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM, and will be in the form of a facilitated panel discussion.

Tony Powell AO is an authority on planning in Canberra. Tony has had a varied and distinguished career as an engineer in the public and private sectors; as a planner in a local council, the State Planning Authority of NSW, in private practice; and as a senior public servant in the NSW and Federal governments.

He has held numerous statutory positions and appointments in national and international professional planning organizations, notably, Vice President, Royal Australian Planning Institute (NSW Division) and Member, Executive Board of the International New Towns Association, Paris.

As Commissioner of the National Capital Development Commission between 1974 and 1985, Tony has had a deep and enduring involvement in the development of Canberra as a city and as the nation’s capital. He was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1985, and is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

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Professor Ken Taylor AM has had a long association with the study of Canberra’s landscape and heritage. He is Honorary Professor at ANU Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Emeritus Professor Landscape Architecture, University of Canberra, and Visiting Professor, Silpakorn University, Bangkok.

He has published nationally and internationally on changing global perspectives on cultural heritage management and cultural landscapes. He has been the Associate Editor for Landscape Research journal, and Heritage Advisor to Guangzhou Association of International Historic (GAIHT) and an Associate Member of Rutgers University Graduate Faculty.

Professor Patrick Troy has undertaken empirical research on the extent of the environmental and economic dividends of high rise estates. He is Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow at the ANU College of Science; an Adjunct Professor for the Urban Research Program at Griffith University; and a Visiting Professor for the City Futures Research Centre, Faculty of Built Environment, at the University of New South Wales.

He has worked as an engineer in the private sector and in State and local government, as a planner in NSW and as senior administrator in the Commonwealth. He has conducted reviews of planning and planning education, housing and urban development, served on State and Federal Government agencies, and consultant to UNESCO on urban development and administration and to OECD on urban development and environmental issues.

He has also held numerous public appointments including: Deputy Chairman, Australian Housing Corporation; Member, Australian Housing Council; Member, Board of Inquiry into the Administration of Leasehold in the Australian Capital Territory; and Member ACT Planning and Land Council.

Toni Hassan is an award-winning journalist who will facilitate this public lecture. Toni comes to the role having worked in federal politics and in advocacy for the social services and community development sector.

Toni is an adjunct scholar at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University with a research focus on civics and social justice. She is also studying fine arts and writes an irregular column for The Canberra Times, canvassing issues including development and the arts in Canberra.




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