Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 30 April 2016
The 9th Making Cities Liveable Conference will shortly be held in Melbourne this year. The conference supports improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities, focusing on healthy, sustainable, resilient and liveable cities and will provide a platform to discuss, collaborate and learn.
This year the conference will be held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park from 27-28 June. If you would like further information or are interested in attending click here.
Matthew Mackay outlines some of the reasons conferences of this kind, leading to greener urban spaces in Australia's crowded cities are so important. This extract has been taken from the www.liveablecities.org.au website.
Green urban spaces are vital for citizen well-being and sustainability, but they are becoming a scarce commodity in Australia's rapidly growing cities. Ahead of the DesignBUILD expo and conference, landscape architect Matthew Mackay shares innovative ideas for bringing nature back into the city.
Comfortable suburban homes, roomy backyards, and sprawling green spaces are the hallmarks of a quintessentially Australian way of life. But in recent years densely packed high-rises are quickly becoming the new normal as the country undergoes rapid population and urban growth.
Australian cities are set to grow by almost 16 million people between 2011 and 2061. This will place unprecedented stress on land for housing, work and recreation, as well as increase demand for energy and water resources.
Design, architecture, and construction professionals therefore play a key role in helping cities cope with these social and environmental challenges, but they are not currently doing enough to adapt to these problems, says renowned Australian landscape architect Matthew Mackay.
Mackay, who is based in Melbourne and is a Senior Associate at leading international design practice Hassell, says that as cities become more populous, access to green spaces is sometimes side-lined in favour of new buildings for residents to live and work in.
This is a problem, because not only is nature crucial for the well-being of city dwellers who need a respite from the urban grind, but it also serves an important environmental function, says Mackay, who has been a landscape architect for almost two decades and has designed streetscapes, waterfronts, parks, and plazas across Australia.
No matter how costly land is in a city, or how densely packed it is, citizens need access to nature, notes Mackay. To deliver this, the industry must let go of the idea that an urban space can only fulfil one function at a time, whether it is a street, building, or park. To read more click here.