United Nations Association of Australia Earth Summit Series 2011: Urban Infrastructure: Towards a Sustainable Economy?
The third event in the UNAA Victoria's Earth Summit Series 2011, ‘Urban Infrastructure: Towards a Sustainable Economy?’, hosted by Allens Arthur Robinson, was held on Wednesday 14 September. Guest speaker Professor Rob Adams AM (Director City Design, City of Melbourne) was followed by a forum discussion moderated by Rob Gell (President, Greening Australia, Sustainability and Media Consultant).
In the lead up to the next United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, the UNAA Victoria Earth Summit Series examines Victoria's transition to a green economy in the context of the two themes of Rio+20: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development. The UNAA Victoria Earth Summit event discussed Victoria's urban infrastructure and Melbourne's progress towards becoming a sustainable city.
Professor Rob Adams
Architect and urban designer, Rob Adams has been at the nerve centre of the revitalisation of the City of Melbourne and surrounds and numerous redevelopments and flagship buildings bear his mark and influence. Acquiring perspectives in urban design from Africa and the UK Rob moved on to adopt Australia in the early eighties. A Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne since 2004 and lecturer in demand at RMIT, Rob’s passion is now turning toward the liveability of Victoria while addressing its growth.
Rob Gell facilitated a discussion following Rob Adam’s presentation. The issues of sustainable development and infrastructure as they relate to transport, Melbourne’s CBD, metropolitan areas, regional Victoria and rural areas were explored in this stimulating and thought provoking forum.
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