Melbourne Design Week 2019: Toxic City" Symposium - architecture and design

Melbourne Design Week 2019: Toxic City" Symposium

Presented by the NGV, Foreground and The New York Times, Toxic City" Symposium will be held on Tuesday 19 March and will bring together local and international experts to evaluate our cities and the systems that sustain them ? food, water, and energy ? and how these are major factors in climate change and the interlinked cycles of waste and pollution. The speakers ? Craig Reucassel (Jury Chair, ABC?s War on Waste), Bonnie Herring (Director, Breathe Architecture), Ross Harding (Founder, Finding Infinity) Prof Sue Anne Ware (Head of School, Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle) and Joost Bakker (Visionary, disruptor and environmental activist) ? will explore how we might build cleaner, healthier, more resilient cities, along with a keynote presentation by Dutch artist and innovator, Daan Roosegaarde. Ahead of the symposium, we spoke with Prof Sue Anne Ware and Bonnie Herring about their perspectives on ‘toxic cities’.
What is a toxic city"
Prof Sue Anne Ware: “Provocation to think about toxic cities, either literally or conceptually, is quite interesting. We always think about post-industrial [places] ? or places like Chernobyl, but maybe what we need to think about are systems that every city has that have been disrupted and are not necessarily healthy for any living being or plants or animals.”
Bonnie Herring: “To me, a toxic city is one that doesn’t adequately respond to the environmental challenges we...
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