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Theme: Liveability

This event occurred on
October 1, 2013
Wollongong, New South Wales

With the world’s growing population, planning and designing more liveable cities is one of the most important challenges of the 21st Century. Liveability relies on a number of factors that affect the overall quality of life and relates to the physical environment, as well as cultural and social possibilities of a community. This year, TEDxUWollogong looked at liveability through a local and global lens, and with the voices of architects, scholars, designers – each one innovators in their field.
As part of the independently organised TEDx program, the University of Wollongong staged six very different speakers to construct their vision of tomorrow.

TEDxUWollongong YouTube playlist: http://bit.ly/H7sS4d

University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue
Wollongong, New South Wales, 2522
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Prof Pascal Perez

Pascal is responsible for the management and delivery of all aspects of infrastructure modelling and simulation at the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. As the SMART Research Director he is responsible for establishing strategic scientific partnerships in Australia and beyond. Pascal believes there is a need to better understand how individuals and households assess their living conditions and living environment and how these judgments influence long-term decision making like residential mobility or transport mode choice. Aditionally – he thinks we need to understand how infrastructure systems relate to and are shaped by the life experiences of the residents and communities who depend on them.

Rasmus Frisk

Rasmus is an Architect, Urban Designer, Associate Professor at DIS, Architecture & Design and Co-founder of arki_lab ApS in Copenhagen. He has extensive experience working on large scale masterplans, building design and specific public space projects, collaborating with a wide range of clients including city authorities and private developers as well as architect and landscape architect firms. His focus is to ensure the human dimension in architecture, urban design and city planning.

Lloyd Niccol

Lloyd is a Mechanical Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce student. Over the past 18 months he has been the Project Manager of Team UOW Australia the recently successful Australian entry into the Solar Decathlon China competition. The Solar Decathlon is the world’s largest, student-led, sustainable buildings competition where students design, build and operate a net-zero energy house. The winning home, Team UOW’s Illawarra Flame, is a demonstration of how you can retrofit existing homes within Australia to decrease their energy consumption and improve their liveability.

Prof Gordon Wait

Gordon is a Professor of Human Geography with the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, at the UOW. He is applying geographical research methods to issues of sustainability. His research interest is in the relationships between people and place. For his TEDx talk he will explore how Life’s work is the everyday messy practices by which we link together activities and spaces of unpaid and paid labour; how we ‘keep-it-all-together’. What can we learn about sustainable living from how people juggle life’s work?”

Dr Sara Adhitya

Dr Adhitya exlpores our relationship with the world through sound. She is a collaborator in design, research and government projects that aim to improve urban liveability.

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Wollongong, Nsw, Australia


Wollongong, Australia