Building resilient Australian cities

Building resilient Australian cities

Jun 4
By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live and work in cities. In the face of a worldwide pandemic, mass urban migration and the growing climate crisis, it is now more important than ever to build cities that can withstand different types of crisis – whether environmental, physical, or social.
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Ken Morrison, Chief Executive, Property Council of Australia
Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia
Malcolm Smith, Australian Cities Leader, Arup
Paul Ravlich, CEO NZ and Regional Manager NSW, Siemens

Event Overview

In Australia we face all of these challenges as we plan our own cities. As we forward plan for the next century of Australian cities, what factors should we consider to ensure our future cities enhance and protect the lives of our children, their societies, and their environment?

Join CEDA as we bring together a panel of experts to discuss:
  • What makes communities’ resilient and what have we learned from the COVID experience about how people depend on and interact with their local environment?;
  • How critical urban infrastructure can contribute to building a resilient city;
  • How smart technologies can be used to refurbish old infrastructure to make it more productive and resilient;
  • The importance of sustainable design practices for buildings to make cities more resilient; and
  • Building urban resilience by supporting a strong physical and social infrastructure.
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

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Meet the speakers

Ken Morrison
Chief Executive, Property Council of Australia

Ken is the Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, the national representative of the property industry, an industry that is the nation’s largest single industry and employs 1.4 million Australians, more than mining and manufacturing combined.

Davina Rooney
Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Davina is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending eight months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards.

Malcolm Smith
Australian Cities Leader, Arup

Malcolm was invited to join Arup following his time at Yale. His training in Australia as an architect, along with a sense of creating new 'landscapes' led him to pursue large urban scale projects. At Arup, this interest has been developed with his leadership of the Integrated City Planning Unit in London, which is complimented by the fundamental role that engineering systems play in making new human settlements.

Meet the facilitator

Paul Ravlich
CEO NZ and Regional Manager NSW, Siemens

Paul is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction for all of Siemens NZ business interests. Effective January 2013, in conjunction with his NZ responsibilities, Paul took on the additional role of Regional Manager NSW. Prior to joining Siemens, in Australia, Paul was Managing Director of Bosch & Siemens Home Appliances (BSH) responsible for both Australia and NZ, based in Melbourne.

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