Conference program released

14 Dec 2018

In the age of #MeToo, how can we build safer streets for women?

How can local businesses stay one step ahead of Amazon?

What are the practical approaches we need to implement complete streets?

Just some of the questions that will be answered at the sixth annual Smart Urban Futures conference, 21 and 22 March 2019.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Lynn Richards, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), Washington DC, USA
    A widely recognized smart growth expert, Lynn leads one of the key organisations in the new urbanism movement. Previously, she had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles including Policy Director of the Office of Sustainable Communities.
  • Dongho Chang, City Traffic Engineer, City of Seattle, USA
    Once described by Streetsblog as “the coolest traffic engineer ever”, Dongho Chang has been instrumental in Seattle’s Complete Streets approach, where streets have been re-imagined as a place for walking, cycling and public transport, as well as cars.
  • Susanne Legena, CEO, Plan International Australia
    Susanne leads the Australian arm of an organisation dedicated to tackling the injustices facing girls around the World. The Free to Be project, shedding light on young women and girls’ experience of street harassment, was piloted in Melbourne before going global.
  • Greg Vann, Director Planning, Ethos Urban
    A Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Greg was project director of the South East Queensland Regional Plan, and chair of the State’s Transit Oriented Development Taskforce.

The conference also includes an opportunity to experience innovative street design on the ground, with a Walkshop hosted by the City of Darebin.

 The Smart Urban Futures conference is hosted by Victoria Walks and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).

Check out the program