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Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Centre for Excellence in Tropical DesignAn Overview


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

YBE 2004 Queensland Mission

  • Celebration and understanding of

  • how the built environment improves

  • quality of life

  • Fostering a sense of community and

  • purpose by setting directions for a

  • positive and sustainable future

  • Promoting initiatives to direct focus

  • into the future


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Securing North Queensland Future

Societal Trends

Production and

distribution of

goods and services

Application of knowledge

and learning in a global

economy

Sustainable living


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Key Challenges Sustainability in the North

  • Securing sustainable and affordable sources of energy

  • Resolving competition for natural resources

  • Balancing development with biodiversity and needs of the natural environment

  • Securing sustainable water supplies

  • Responding to changes in climate variability and extremes

  • Building globally competitive 21st century businesses

  • Providing equity and social justice


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Future Building Practice

  • Touch more lightly on the environment

  • Shared understanding of sustainability for the

  • tropics

  • Urban and Rural application

  • Integrated research, action learning and practically

  • focused partnerships

  • Develop systems and processes for wide and timely

  • dissemination of best practice

  • Develop 21st century opportunities for business

  • and employment to generate growth for

  • Townsville, Thuringowa and North Queensland


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Centre for Excellence of Tropical Design


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Probable Future

Path to the Future.

Preferred Future

Centre for Excellence in Tropical DesignSustainability & Innovation as a networked partnership

Learning Partnerships

Current Thinking

Compromise &

Contradicting Visions


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

The Vision

  • Nurturing and coordinating a series of knowledge hubs.

  • Founded on an alliance between State, Local Government and centres of learning for the Region.

  • Supporting sustainable construction and community building.

  • Recognised as the pre-eminent source of sustainable tropical design information.


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

The Vision

Expanding influence

Development and retention of expertise

Greater regional employment prospects


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Role and Scope

  • Collaboration on practical solutions to issues

    of sustainability.

  • Application of innovative techniques across industry and community.

  • Stimulating awareness for transition to sustainability.

  • Facilitating co-operative research for local solutions.

  • Encouraging application of innovative design strategies.

  • Supporting knowledge transfer between organisations


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Members/Participants

  • Building owners

  • Producers of products and materials

  • Town planning authorities

  • Educational institutions

  • Government organisations

  • Design professionals

  • Industry organisations

  • Other specialist Centres of Excellence

  • Community members

  • Environmental businesses and groups


Practical first steps

Practical First Steps

  • A Sustainability Summit

  • Identifying knowledge gaps and working/networking with research and education institutions

  • Develop a Local Government Planning, Sustainability officers program

  • Developing base projects that support the idea of a network into the future

  • A Centre for Excellence in Tropical Design (CETD) Web site www.tropicaldesign.org

  • Continued collaboration on practical outcomes from YBE activities

Photo courtesy of Troppo Architects


Centre for excellence in tropical design an overview

Building the Momentum…

  • Commence as a ‘virtual’ Centre with more permanent base in future

  • Expansion of tropical design expertise through networks

  • Real Projects to build the momentum

    • Thuringowa Riverway Project

    • William McCormack Place, Cairns

    • Travel Smart

    • Townsville Waterway Project – Creek to Coral

    • The Strand Foreshore Development - Townsville

    • Rasmussen and sustainable retrofitting of public housing

    • Sustainable Design Project of the Year of the Built Environment


Sharing the vision

Sharing the Vision

  • Concept initiated by a small group

  • Underpinned by collaborative partnerships between local governments, state government, universities, business and community

  • Vision statement is starting point for future discussion and expanded involvement

  • Legacy document into the future

  • Welcome support and contributions to develop networks and ensure future success in sustainability for North Queensland.

Photo courtesy of Troppo Architects


Expression of appreciation

Expression of Appreciation

  • Greg Bruce (Townsville City Council)

  • Andrew McEwen (City of Thuringowa)

  • Guy Lane (SEA O2)

  • David King (James Cook University)

  • Keith Whenmouth (Department of

  • Public Works)


Thank you

Thank You

Photo courtesy of Troppo Architects


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