Geelong: a self-healing City

Tue 24 March, 4:00pm - 7:30pm
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School of Architecture and Built Environment Gallery, Level 4, John Hay Building (D), Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Gheringhap St, Geelong

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 forum explores the concept of Self-Healing Cities – a cities ability to repair themselves, while having the least possible impact on its people, to understand how the future of architecture, infrastructure and alternative energy design can make a greater impact on Geelong’s sustainable and economic future.

With a keynote address by Deakin University’s architecture, environmental design and planning expert Dr Phillip B. Roös, a panel of leading industry experts will consider emerging concepts such as biophilic design, architecture science and closed-loop economies, and waste to energy as alternative energy sources.

Facilitated by Lindsay Brown, former president of Australia Water Association, Victoria, & GHD’s Water Market Lead, panellists include;

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.

4.00 pm | arrival for 4.20 commencement
4.20 pm | keynote address and panel discussion
6.00 pm | networking and refreshments

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.

More about our facilitator:

Lindsey Brown, GHD’s Water Market Lead, and immediate past president of the Australian Water Association

Lindsey is an Engagement Strategist specialising in integrated water management and water infrastructure. With experience across three continents, she is skilled in building and communicating narratives on complex water issues.

Lindsey is a prominent industry leader and influencer, with many elected roles in industry associations. Most notably, she is the immediate past Victorian President of the Australian Water Association (AWA), and formerly a national representative for Stormwater Australia. She is passionate about industry modernisation and diversity and is a sought-after presenter and keynote speaker at industry forums across Australia.

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