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ASIA-PACIFIC INFORMAL URBANISM SYMPOSIUM - UNDERSTANDING THE CITY AS IT IS:...

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Lecture Theatre 1, The Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney

148 City Rd

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The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Urbanism Group will be holding a Symposium on Asia-Pacific Informal Urbanism, and are calling for registrations for the Symposium on 25 September.

The keynote speakers include:

Prof. Kim Dovey, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, and Director, InfUr- Informal Urbanism Research Hub, University of Melbourne

Prof. David Sanderson, Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair, Built Environment, UNSW

Dr. Pamela Sitko, Resilience Consultant


We live in an increasingly urban world of which some one third of inhabitants live in an informal settlement and or slum. Informality cuts across all aspects of the lives of those living in such settlements as well as other parts of the city. This includes: informal architecture and shelter, shared public and private spaces, creative governance arrangements, street-based livelihoods, and sustainable small-scale transport systems. Disasters such as floods and famines, as well as refugee crises, are increasingly driving the breadth and depth of expressions of informality. The reality is the city is increasingly complex and diverse, being constructed and shaped through both formal and informal mechanisms and processes.

In 2015, a global commitment was made to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which includes the ‘urban’ SDG No. 11 which focuses on ‘safe, sustainable and resilient cities’. In 2016, a further global commitment was made to the adoption and implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) which emphasises ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘cities for all’. In the NUA, there is strong emphasis on effective and inclusive ‘participation’ and ‘knowledge’ creation to advance implementation of the NUA.

Within an Asia-Pacific context, this symposium asks what constitutes the notion of ‘bottom up’ urbanism so that communities and groups are empowered and enabled, thus better implementing the NUA and the SDGs, especially SDG 11. The symposium is premised on the notion that global policy must be defined and coloured by local contextual practice working with local communities. The symposium will hear presentations from 14 speakers including 3 keynote presenters spanning the planning, development and humanitarian sectors on a range of topics related to lessons from 'on the ground' and 'bottom up' contextual approaches.


SYMPOSIUM DATE:
Tuesday 25 September
10am - 5pm

SYMPOSIUM VENUE:
Lecture Theatre 270 (ALT2),
148 City Rd,
Wilkinson Building,
University of Sydney

This is a free event, however please RSVP to confirm attendance.

The symposium proceedings include presentation abstracts will be published as a PDF.

For further information, please contact:

Associate Prof. Paul Jones: paul.r.jones@sydney.edu.au or
PHD Candidate Yuan Wei: ywei3153@uni.sydney.edu.au

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