Exhibition: People Building Better Cities

The travelling international exhibition People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization (PBBC) comes to Sydney during April-May 2013 to exchange knowledge, build networks, and promote dialogue between communities, urban professionals, universities, non-governmental organizations, and policy makers on the challenges of inclusive urbanization and climate change. The exhibition will visit ten countries in all including China, India, Philippines, South Africa and the United States, having already been to Thailand in February and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) in March.

While the exhibition’s focus is on developing countries, it speaks to urban issues in developed countries such as growing inequality and climate change. Associated public events in each city of the ten countries will localize the exhibition content. Led by Anna Rubbo, PBBC is a joint project of Global Studio and Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development, and has been made possible by the SAPPI Ideas That Matter grant. The Sydney edition of People Building Better Cities includes the following program.

University of Sydney, Camperdown / Darlington campus

15 April, 6.00–9.00 pm
Exhibition opening
Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza

RSVP via email
by 11 April

16–26 April
Exhibition: People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization
Level 2, Hearth, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

18 April, 6.30–8.00 pm
Panel discussion: Citizens and city making: Who should be involved and how?
ALT1, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
(no RSVP required)

Moderator: Peter Phibbs (Henry Halloran Trust). Panelists: John Brockhoff (NSW Department of Planning); Chris Johnson (Urban Taskforce); Paul Pholeros (Healthabitat); Amelia Thorpe (Faculty of Law, UNSW); Geoff Turnbull (RedWatch); Kati Westlake (Parramatta Council).

The discussion will begin with a short presentation by Anna Rubbo about the origins of the People Building Better Cities exhibition before addressing the question of “who should be involved in city making and how?” – a question at the centre of NSW Government deliberations in reforming the state’s planning system.

19 April
Workshop (invited): Public Engagement in City Design and Planning: Barriers, Opportunities and Ideas
Darlington Centre

Convenor: Peter Phibbs (director, Henry Halloran Trust). Invited participants (stakeholders and strategic planners from a range of Australian cities) will develop a discussion paper to stimulate debate and provide ideas for Australian planners and urban practitioners. The paper will be published by the Henry Halloran Trust.

Enquiries: Kim Beecroft, +61 2 9351 2771

Customs House, Circular Quay

12 April – 19 May
Exhibition: People Building Better Cities

23 April
Meet the exhibitors + Pecha Kucha + drinks
RSVP via email
by April 19.

For more information about the travelling exhibition, associated programs, to join the conversation or use the resources folder, see the website.