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NWW Speaker Series – Understanding Perth’s ‘deep structure’ and the need for housing density

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Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, L4 Theatrette, 168 St George’s Tce, Perth
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Presenters: Prof. Geoffrey London and Daniel Jan Martin, UWA

Communicating and understanding the ‘deep structure’ of a place is fundamental to environmental awareness and conservation.  A comprehension of place, its environments and histories, will inform how our future city is directed and designed.  In Perth, our water crises are in large part design crises: from housing, gardens, infrastructure and urban environments, to questions of land use and planning.  Deep structure and deep context might become a guide for design across these disciplines.

The conflict between water, ecology and the planned sprawl of the city is a call to protect the environment of the Perth region and strengthen urban water and urban ecology.  Inhibiting suburban sprawl by increasing housing density is recognised by all governments in Australia as an environmental and economic necessity for our growing cities.  The Western Australian state government has set a target of 47% of all new housing to be in the form of infill.  And yet, as a community, we remain resistant to suburban housing infill and the target, the most modest in Australia, is not being met.  Our research is testing diverse housing typologies that maximise amenity while being sensitive to local conditions.  At the same time, the designs seek to reduce water consumption and to enhance the public realm.

This is a free event. No rsvp required.
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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