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The Liveable City

This week is the University of 'Melbourne's Festival of Ideas', an opportunity to share knowledge, ideas and debates with the community, each event enagaging around a different theme.  This year's theme is the sciece of healthy living.  

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DLA staff attended one of the highlights of the week, a thought provoking and inspiring seminar on the topic 'The Liveable City'.  Speakers included CoDesign's Lucinda Hartley, City of Melbourne's Rob Adams and David Burney from New York City Department of Design and Construction.  The event was chaired by Kate Roffey of the Committee for Melbourne.

David Bunrey talked about his work in creating the Active Design Code, which looked at how we can create built environments that encourage activity, exercise and interaction.  Rod Adams discussed the need for increasing urban density along transport corridors, and encouraging flexibility in the way we use our spaces, to make Melbourne more sustainable in every sense.  Lucinda Harltey shared some insipring insights into tactical urbanism, and how communities and even individuals can influence their neighbourhoods to make them even better places to be, highlighting how planning can be more engaging and fun.

It was great to hear these top notch speakers share their passion and knowledge.  The twitter feed #uomfoi was going off with lots of positive responses, questions and comments.  This seminar was one of several as part of the festival ideas,  More information on the festival can be found here.

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