Date & Time: 
Wednesday 20 November 2019

Have you ever wondered how just 2 degrees of warming will change our cities and regions? How we will cope with more frequent extreme weather events, such as flooding, cyclones or heat stress? What does this mean for future placemaking? And how will planners, environmental designers, architects, and other professionals need to upscale their practice?

Explore these issues with The University of Queensland at the ‘Shifting Climate / Shifting Places’ summit on Wednesday, 20 November 2019.

Engage with a diverse mix of leaders in climate adaptive planning and design and gain actionable insights on how we can adjust our practice for future climate impacts and create more resilient cities and regions in Queensland.

Start the day with a morning of provocative keynote and expert talks. Our keynote speaker, Halvard Dalheim, is one of Australia's pre-eminent strategic planners, having led major city strategies and teams in both Melbourne and Sydney. He is a creative futurist, anticipating the dramatic change processes facing Australian cities and regions.

In the afternoon, you will be invited to participate in collaborative workshops featuring two leading experts of placemaking and climate change adaptation, John Mongard (John Mongard Landscape Architects), and James Davidson (James Davidson Architect), who will teach new climate adaptation frameworks, processes and techniques that can be applied across many places

More information here.



Time Event
8.30-9am Arrival and Registration - Atrium, Global Change Institute (20)

Lecture Theatre 206, Steele Building (3)

Welcome and Overview of the Day
Dr S├ębastien Darchen, Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Acknowledgement of Country and a First Nation’s view on Adaptation
Aunty Ruby Sims, Wangerriburra and Mununjali Elder and AILA Cultural Ambassador

Opening Comments: Placemaking and Climate Action
Professor Mark Blows, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Queensland
Mr Michael Myer, Director, The Myer Foundation
Mr Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA, Queensland Government Architect

9.40-10.20am Keynote Presentation:
Mr Halvard Dalheim, Executive Director, Strategic Planning Integration, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
10.20-10.40am Morning Tea - Atrium, Global Change Institute (20)

Lecture Theatre 206, Steele Building (3)

A Neighbourhood Framework for Climate Action
Industry leaders will present their experience on how to enable neighbourhood actions and processes:

  • Mr Bob Speirs, Advisor on climate risk, natural resource and environmental management: Planning for Resilient Adaptation
  • Mr John Mongard, John Mongard Landscape Architects: Placemaking and Adaptation
  • Ms Pam Bourke, Pam Bourke Consulting: The Social Dimensions of Adaptation
  • Mr James Davidson, James Davidson Architect: Adaptive Buildings and Neighbourhoods

Panel + Q&A
Ms Stephanie Wyeth, Professional Planner in Residence, The University of Queensland will moderate a panel discussion with presenters and the audience.

12.15-1.00pm Lunch - Atrium, Global Change Institute (20)

Ideas for Climate Adaptation: Testing the Climate Framework on Two Brisbane Neighbourhoods

Ideas for a Kurilpa Climate Strategy - an inner-city neighbourhood: West End peninsula
Workshop leader: Mr John Mongard, John Mongard Landscape Architects
Venue: Room 273 Global Change Institute (20)


Ideas for a Rosalie climate strategy - a middle suburbs neighbourhood: the Rosalie area
Workshop leader: Mr James Davidson, James Davidson Architect
Venue: Room 314 Steele Building (3)

3.00-3.20pm Afternoon Tea - Atrium, Global Change Institute (20)

Lecture Theatre 206, Steele Building (3)

Great Ideas for Climate Adaptation
Ms Stephanie Wyeth (UQ) and Dr Dominique Hes, Director, Place Agency, The University of Melbourne, will report back on the 10 best ideas from each workshop

Panel and Q&A How do we take this forward?
Ms Laurel Johnson, The University of Queensland, will moderate a panel discussion with Mr Michael Myer, Director, The Myer Foundation; Mr Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA, Queensland Government Architect; Ms Brooke Williams, Principal Brisbane, Co-Design Studio

Where to next?
Summary and close by Dr S├ębastien Darchen, The University of Queensland

4.00pm Event concludes

The program is subject to change. Last updated: 17/09/2019

Key event details

Date Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Time 8.30 am for a 9.00 am start; 4.00 pm finish 
Location Global Change Institute #20 (Atrium), The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072 (map)
Refreshments Tea and coffee upon arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
Cost $80 per person for a full-day; $60 for a half-day from 9.00 am-1.00 pm
Registrations Please register online here.
Parking Paid parking is available on campus. Alternatively, view the public transport options to St Lucia.
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Global Change Institute #20 (Atrium), The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072
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