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FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | Building Resilient & Sustainable Cities: Using the Principles of the Circular Economy



Start Date

12 Aug 2016 1:00 pm

End Date

12 Aug 2016 2:00 pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change, School of Social Sciences and School of Land and Food seminar

presented by

Steven Liaros and Nilmini De Silva, PolisPlan

The Australian economy is in the midst of a major transition and the government is calling for an 'ideas boom'. With cities also on the agenda, there is no better time to explore innovative ideas for the development and building of cities.

Steven Liaros & Nilmini De Silva,directors of PolisPlan, are rethinking urban life in profound new ways, developing a range of innovative ideas. They explore questions such as: How is the Internet transforming our cities? What is the Circular Economy and how will it redesign our cities? How can you design cities for freedom, equality and compassion? What will cities look like when we have transitioned to a distributed, renewable energy system? How can cities produce their own food, manage waste and become water catchment and management systems? The presentation will include a description of projects PolisPlan is developing in Tasmania—in collaboration with UTAS—to implement these ideas.

Steven Liaros is the author of Rethinking the City—an exploration of the historical ideas that underpin the organisation of cities—showing how these ideas are being transformed by the Internet. With qualifications in civil engineering, town planning and environmental law, Steven is currently undertaking research at the University of Sydney's Department of Political Economy with the aim of designing a package of public policy principles that would drive the implementation of the circular economy as a framework for building resilient and globally connected, local communities.

Nilmini De Silva is a Civil Engineer who has worked for local government for many years, managing water systems and the natural environment. She has always been passionate about environmental sustainability but also recognises that the environment is best managed by empowering local communities and building social sustainability. Now an accomplished documentary photographer, Nil passionately pursues her dreams and inspires others to do likewise. Her recently published photo book Fate or Destiny describes her mantra: 'Don't be trapped by Fate, pursue your Destiny' and articulates Nil's belief that social change is only possible when we individually and collectively have the courage to change and discover our full potential.

WHEN | Friday 12 August, 1.00pm to 2.00pm

WHERE | Humanities 346 Seminar Room, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

CONTACT | For more information please contact

All welcome and we look forward to seeing you!

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