International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference 2012

The ICTC 2012 Conference is being hosted by the Gold Coast City Council and will be held at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, from Tuesday 16th October to Friday 19th October 2012.


The theme is "Climate Responsive Cities" and Green Cross Australia CEO Mara Bun will be makikng a presentation. Here is a preview of what she will be talking about:


The gradual impacts of climate change can go unnoticed against the background of weather variability - until a major event hits.


How can we build strong, resilient communities with a grounded sense of place, against a background of recurring severe weather events, our gradually changing climate, and population growth and mobility?


Mara will take us on a journey through three of Green Cross Australia's award-winning digital platforms that creatively engage citizens about climate impacts:


  • Witness King Tides - a community photography project to raise awareness of coastal inundation
  • Harden Up - Protecting Queensland - 150 years of Gold Coast severe weather history to help today's residents prepare and protect their homes
  • Build it Back Green - online tools used by thousands of Victorians impacted by Black Saturday in a model that catalyses enterprising industry development with sustainable community value

Also at the conference, a Place Making Masterclass will be facilitated by Ethan Kent of Project for Public Spaces (PPS - USA) on Friday 19th. Ethan will also provide a keynote presentation on Wednesday the 17th.


Richard Simmons (ex CEO of the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE) in the UK) will be delivering a keynote on Wednesday 17th October on "How to get better design outcomes".


Richard will also be delivering a keynote on Thursday 18th October on "London 2012 - a case study on sustainable urban design".


Plenary & concurrent sessions, case studies and panel sessions will be on Wednesday & Thursday with Field Trips to projects at the Gold Coast and surrounding areas on Tuesday 16th.


When:  16 October 2012 - 19 October 2012

Time:  All day

Where:  Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

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