What could (and should) our new city look like?
Wednesday October 14th 2015 6pm
South Newcastle Leagues Club, Merewether
The next public forum hosted by the Newcastle Institute will be a special event welcoming Professor SueAnne Ware, the recently appointed Head of the School of Architecture at University of Newcastle. The public forum and discussion will focus on the various possibilities for the future development – and redevelopment – of our city.
She will be joined by:-
- Ben Hewitt, Director of Strategic Planning, NSW Government Architect’s Office;
- Glen Spicer: Architect, Director of EJE Architecture, member of Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Urban Design Consultative Group;
- Chris Tucker, an eminent urban design practitioner; and
- David Crofts, Principal, Strategy Hunter Consultants, and Board member of Newcastle Now
Professor Ware has a background as a landscape architect, and describes herself as a ‘design activist’. As landscapes are often in public spaces, she believes that landscape architects share a responsibility for setting the political, social and environmental agenda. After a notable career in the USA, New Zealand and Melbourne, she is excited to have come to Newcastle at a time of great change and in the built environment.
The panel bring a range of opinions about urban development, and but all are excited about the potential for innovation in both buildings themselves (such as the new Law Courts and the University city campus), but also the chance to imagine major redesign of our public spaces. Some of these ideas will be generally acclaimed, but others, inevitably, will be controversial.
The forum will include short presentations by the speakers, and then a panel discussion involving the public. It will be an exciting evening.
As always, this forum aims to explore the issues and hear from all perspectives. The Newcastle Institute does not take a position on any issue, but fosters sharing of opinions in a respectful, considered way to achieve the best outcomes for the community.
THIS FORUM IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
VENUE: Souths Newcastle Leagues Club, Llewellyn Street Merewether.
DATE: Wednesday 14th October 2015
TIME: 6.00 till 7.30pm
ADMISSION: $5 Donation