Which comes first? Culture, Society, Economy or Environment

Thursday 5 June 2014 6.30 - 7.30PM

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Architecture Lecture Theatre 1, Wilkinson Building



The Cities Network and the Sydney Environment Institute

Exploring the relationship between city planning and environmental performance

The Cities Network and the Sydney Environment Institute are pleased to present a World Environment Day lecture, featuring an opening address by The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for the Environment and Assistant Minister for Planning, followed by a lecture by Associate Professor Rod Simpson.


The lecture, by Associate Professor Rod Simpson, will explore the relationship between city planning and environmental performance with a particular emphasis on city structure. Questioning the effectiveness of planning as a way of reducing environmental impact directly, the talk will instead consider the potential of a new or rediscovered “urbanity” to allow or cultivate significantly different patterns of living that may lead to reduced environmental impact.

The Hon. (Rob) Robert Stokes, MP
Rob Stokes is the NSW Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for the Central Coast and Assistant Minister for Planning. Before entering politics in 2007, Rob was a practicing solicitor and a Senior Lecturer in Law at Macquarie University. He holds a PhD in Law and has written numerous articles on environmental planning and NSW tax law.

Associate Professor Rod Simpson
Associate Professor Rod Simpson is an urban designer and architect with extensive experience in the private sector and academia. He is the co-founder and director of the architectural and urban design practice simpson+wilson. In 2007 and 2008, he led the urban design and spatial planning for the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy. Prior to that, he was involved in the development of the ‘City of Cities’ Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney. Rod joined the University of Sydney in 2012, and is currently the director of the Urban Design program in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. Throughout his career, Rod has been an active advocate of ecologically sustainable design principles.