Geelong: a self-healing City

When:
Tue 24 March, 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Presented By:
GHD
Location:
School of Architecture and Built Environment Gallery Level 4, John Hay Building (D), Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Gheringhap Street, Geelong
Cost:
Free

Led by architecture, environmental design and planning expert Dr Phillip B. Roös, this facilitated discussion explores the prospect of ‘Self-Healing Cities’. The session considers emerging concepts of biophilic design, architectural sciences, and closed-loop economies and their impact on infrastructure, new energy and waste management.

Self-healing cities: applying whole systems thinking for sustainable communities.

This half-day forum discusses how architecture, infrastructure, energy and waste can be designed to help Geelong become more sustainable – while having the least possible impact on people.

It explores the concept of self-healing cities – cities that can repair themselves.

It looks at emerging concepts such as biophilic design, architecture science and closed-loop economies and the positive and sustainable impact they can have on infrastructure, new energy, and waste management.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Phillip B. Roӧs, Director Live+Smart Research Lab, Deakin University
Biophilic cities – connecting cities and nature to create happier and healthier communities.

Tai Hollingsbee, National Building Engineering Leader, GHD
Using design and technology to produce a closed-loop economy and a self- healing city.

Robbert van Oorschot, Technical Executive, GHD
Turning organic waste into a valued resource and energy.

Bookings required

Wheelchair accessible venue

More about our keynote speakers:

Dr Phillip B. Roӧs, Director, Live+Smart Research Lab, Deakin University

Dr Roös is the Director of the Live+Smart Research Laboratory, and the Associate Head of School – Industry Engagement at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University.

He is known internationally as a leader in Environmental Design and has been working as a design professional and architect for 30 years on an extensive range of large-scale projects in Europe, Africa and Australasia. His work is influenced by whole systems thinking and his application of environmental design is closely related to the ordering of the large-scale aspects of the environment by means of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban design and ecological planning.

His teaching and research interests are centred on the human-nature relationship and the identification of optimised design processes based on a regenerative pattern language theory. This approach incorporates the principles of biophilia and regenerative design as well as an adaptive pattern language that re-establishes our wholeness with nature and considers the vulnerabilities of a changing landscape.

Tai Hollingsbee, GHD’s National Building Engineering and Sustainable Design Leader

Tai is a building and sustainable design engineer and lead for the Australian Building Engineering business at GHD. With 20 years experience delivering a wide range of award-winning projects internationally and locally in Geelong, Tai leads projects in the design and delivery of high performance built environments that strive towards a zero carbon footprint.

Tai is an expert in building physics, sustainability assessment systems and the application of emerging technology in buildings. He works with architects to integrate science-based approaches into design solutions and believes in the beautification of engineering through architecture.

Prior to GHD, he co-founded a technology company that produces a climate adaptive, prefabricated construction system for community housing in cyclonic regions. He lectures at university on building physics and engineering design in architecture.

Dr Robbert van-Oorschot GHD’s Technical Executive and organic waste to valued resource and energy lead

Dr Robbert van Oorschot is one of GHD’s leading technical executive in Wastewater Treatment and Recycling.  He is a former Committee member of WateReuse Australia and a GHD co-representative at the former Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence.

He has successfully completed many strategic wastewater treatments and recycling projects over the past 30 years and leads the way in strategic assessment and technical leadership of alternative, renewable energy sources utilising organic waste, algae, biogases and biosolids across Victoria and the south western region.

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