Urban Renewal Events

Making Canberra’s Heart Sing

From 4-8 April, the ACT Government hosted the visit of two international urban renewal experts.  Professor Larry Beasley and Mr Gordon Harris were invited to share their experiences on creating successful, sustainable cities that are valued by the community.

Professor Beasley is the retired Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver. He led the planning and development management initiatives to transform Vancouver into a world model for contemporary sustainable and liveable cities.  He now teaches and advises on urbanism around the world. Mr Harris leads the development of UniverCity, an award-winning sustainable community on the Burnaby Mountain endowment lands of British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University.

Professor Beasley and Mr Harris delivered an intensive program of public lectures, master classes and workshops during their weeklong visit. Activities were structured to identify the gaps and opportunities for state-of-the-art transformation in central Canberra and transformation ideas for central Canberra.

Participants across the week of events included university students and representatives from government, industry and the community.  150 people attended the lunchtime address, 144 spaces were filled for the masterclasses, 60 thought leaders participated in the forum and 100 people attended a free debate. Feedback received during the engagement process has informed the development of draft principles and a strategy statement for the transformation of Central Canberra.

View a video of Larry Beasley and Gordon Harris talking about the ACT Government’s City To The Lake project by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5U3DqNAdg0