Innovative Design Course: City by Design

Innovative Design Course: City by Design

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Why do some Sydneysiders and Australians laud the beauty of global cities from New York, Berlin, Bruges, and Montreal to Auckland and criticise the cities they live in? While there is universal acceptance of the natural advantage of many Australian cities and beyond, we still have a way to go to maximise the benefits of both their natural and built environments. This innovative design course will appraise the elements of the Great Global Cities and compare these to those of our own. While Australian governments are investing heavily in infrastructure, city and urban design has a critical role to play in their future liveability. This course will draw on a body of research to demonstrate how our cities can deliver an impressive array of benefits including promoting jobs growth, places for all generations to live, work and play as well as gain global recognition.

This innovative design course is suitable for planning, design and city professionals elected and administrative, as well as engaged residents who wish to make input into city design.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this innovative design course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and articulate the benefits of city design ranging from health and well-being to climate change, tourism, housing, workspaces.
  2. Determine the most likely intermediate and long term planning and design risks.
  3. Articulate plausible approaches for mitigation and adaptation for anticipated planning and design risks.
  4. Understand the cost-benefits of alternative approaches to dealing with medium- and longer-term climate risks.
  5. Develop a climate change risk-adaptation matric for their jurisdiction or location of choice.

Course Content

This innovative design course focuses will cover the following content:

  • Seminar and discussion on threats to selected cities and regions in Australia and how these might be turned around through good design.
  • Workshop on primary adaptation approaches for selected major risks to several selected urban areas.
  • Examination of climate change risk and action.
  • Develop adaptation plans, and how they can be designed and developed by any city.

In-class Project

In this innovative design course participants will have the opportunity to work in teams to construct a climate risk analysis and develop in each team a sketch risk-reduction/adaptation strategy for a sample city.

Participant teams will:

  • Develop place-making design.
  • Articulate and pitch a rationale for re-design of localities based on size and location based on workshop principles.
  • Identify and design elements of the core city plan.
  • Create an approach to use current and modified resources to make an attractive core place – another for a city or regional community.
  • Suggest ideas of how to overcome local barriers.

The project will be based on participant contribution and feedback of fellow participants as well as instructor and co-staff:

  1. Identify the 10 elements of great cities.
  2. Determine how these elements can be recognised or installed in cities of any size.
  3. Understand the barriers to achieving great design and social outcomes in cities.
  4. Know how a professional or nonprofessional can assist in generating the local capacity for greatness in any city.
  5. Develop an action plan for designing and/or implementing some elements of greatness in a city that the student cares about personally or professionally.

Intended Audience

This innovative design course is suitable for for planning, design and city professionals elected and administrative as well as engaged residents who wish to make input into city building no matter where they live.

Delivery Style

This innovative design course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture and group project.

Course Prerequisites

This innovative design course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

About your instructor

Edward Blakely

Edward Blakely

Dr Edward J Blakely is an Acting Commissioner on the New South Wales Land and Environment Court where he is involved in alternate dispute resolution services. Previously, he served as a Commissioner for the Central District (Greater Parramatta, the Hills, Blacktown and Cumberland) Greater Sydney Commission. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and formerly with the United States Studies. He is the founder and principal of the Cities Leadership Institute in Australia.

He was named by Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans in 2007 as the Mayor’s Executive Director for Recovery. His post includes coordinating all aspects of the City and Parish’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He reported directly to the Mayor and had coordinating responsibilities for the use of all City resources to accomplish this task. He was formerly Dean of the Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University.

Ed is an internationally recognised leader in urban community development and has been directly involved in strategic planning, financing and real estate development and project management for more than thirty years. He serves on several corporate boards including a several multi-million-dollar real estate development firm. He also served on several US stock exchange board and officer on the Board of ESA one of the largest environmental firms in the United States. He was a principal with Humboldt Realty of Oakland, California. He served on the Advisory Board of Bendigo Bank. Ed served in the Nixon era Dept of State that opened China among other noteworthy accomplishment of that President on the international front. Post Nixon, Ed served in a variety of diplomatic and international aide roles in negotiation and conflict resolution. He has a strong background in international private and public international law. He was named by President Clinton to serve as Vice Chairman of the Presidio Trust and served in the Nixon Administration as well as advisory roles for three other White Houses. He has been engaged in both urban and rural research. His rural research gained him the Community Development Research award in 2002. His urban research led Samuel Guggenheim Fellowship 1995. Ed is a mediator and dispute resolution specialists, in complex cases for the land and environment court regarding land use, planning, design, construction and related matters. He has been a court appointed mediator and conciliator for major infrastructure, insurance and related business disputes. He has worked on First Peoples' issue regarding and land, commercial and community disputes in the United States and Australia. He serves on the New South Wales Small Business Commissioner and the Australian National Franchise Mediation Panels.

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