Transiting Cities: Reactivate 

How can we ReActivate cities for alternative futures?

This forum aims to initially reflect on the first stage of the research and then projecting forward with key issues which formulate the focus for the next stage of the project This conference introduces how current practices are addressing the issue of transiting for cities and regional centres through three key areas:

ReActivate Through Creative Economies

ReGenerate The Urban Landscape

ReSkilling the Community & The Urban Landscape

Lectures

Talking Business 2013 Ep 22, Released 12 July 2013

Interview with John Calabro (director, Made in Gippsland) and Marcus  Westbury (director, Renew Newcastle)


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John Calabro, Director of Made in Gippsland and Marcus Westbury, Director of Renew Newcastle - Talking Business 2013 Ep 22

Released12 July 2013
Interview with John Calabro (director, Made in Gippsland) and Marcus Westbury

Marcus Westbury
Founder - Renew Australia - Renew Newcastle

Marcus Westbury’s background is as a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events.In 2008 Marcus founded Renew Newcastle with his own funds and energy. It’s a low budget, not for profit, DIY urban renewal scheme that has brokered access to more than 60 empty buildings for more than 110 creative enterprises, artists and cultural projects in Newcastle. Marcus is now working with companies and communities across Australia and around the world through Renew Australia.

John Calabro
Design/Director - The View From Here
Founder - Made in Gippsland

John Calabro is a designer, born and raised in Morwell, Latrobe Valley. He left home in pursuit of greener grass, only to return after 10 years for the same reason. John has worked in some of Melbourne’s leading boutique design studios, including Design by Pidgeon, David Lancashire Design and 21-19. In 2010 he began teaching design at Swinburne’s Faculty of Design and setup his own design studio The View From Here in his new home town of Traralgon. In 2013 he launched a side project called Made In Gippsland, a website which features an alumni of ex/current Gippslanders aiming for the highest standards in creative fields.

 


Speaker Biographies 

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Rosalea Monacella

Co-Director - OUTR 

A/Prof. Of Landscape Architecture School Of Architecture + Design - RMIT University

Co-Director of the Office of Urban Transformation Research (OUTR), a research laboratory at RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design. Through project work, the laboratory explores design as a responsive agent to contemporary urban challenges with an intent to generate sustainable urban futures. OUTR is a network of architects, landscape architects and urban planners. Rosalea completed her Bachelor of Architecture with Honours at RMIT University, and also holds a masters in Landscape Urbanism from the AA in London. Phd From, RMIT Univeristy Melbourne. Her research focuses on the specialisation of emergent urban fields, and the exploration of the diagram as a material operation, which considers the transformation of formal structures that adapt to the changing measures and orders of an urban landscape.


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 Peter Brew

Director - Archietcts Branch

Peter Brew is a Melbourne Architect whose practice has been shaped by the encounter of difficult problems, be they Climate, Remoteness, Environment, Performance, projects where circumstance and requirement  usurp the traditional role  of the Architect as Creator for those of  Collaborator ,Co conspirator Co coordinator and Curator projects that have received awards for Engineering excellence environmental performance Architecture.  Peter Brew has lectured at RMIT intermittedly   since 1992 and is currently completing his Doctorate. 


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Gretch  en Wilkins 

Acting Program Director,  Master of Urban Design

Senior Lecturer, Architecture / Urban Architecture Laboratory / RMIT University

Gretchen Wilkins is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Program Manager for the Master of Urban at RMIT. She is also a founding director of Studio Apparatus and editor of Distributed Urbanism: Cities After Google Earth. Her recently completed PhD studies contemporary manufacturing and urbanism. 

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Rob Robson

Manager -  West Gippsland Art Centre

Rob Robson is Manager of Arts and Culture at Baw Baw Shire Council, Chair of the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC), and has been a member of the Regional Arts Victoria Board since 2006. His work has spanned many fields including working as a teacher for 27 years, managing various regional performing arts venues, as well as working as a foundation board member and Artistic Director for the SheppARTon Festival. Rob is committed to creating opportunities for community engagement in the arts, providing accessible points for community inspiration as core to maintaining healthy and sustainable communities.


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Enda Crossin

Program Director - Life Cycle Assessment 

Centre For Design - RMIT University

Enda Crossin is a Research Officer in the Life Cycle Assessment team at the Centre for Design. He has worked as a materials engineer in the rail, automotive, consulting and gas processing industries. 

He comes to the Centre for Design with a broad knowledge and exposure to the processing and properties of materials, particularly ferrous and non-ferrous metals. His role at the Center for Design includes performing Life Cycle Assessment projects and teaching.


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Prof. Peter Fairbrother

Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work - RMIT University

Peter Fairbrother is Professor of International Employment Relations and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work at RMIT University. He grew up in south Gippsland and attended Monash University, where he studied economics and politics and gained a First Class degree (Politics). He did his Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology) at the University of Oxford, researching work, employment and trade unionism. From there he gained employment at the University of Warwick, moving to Cardiff University in 1999 as a research professor in the School of Social Sciences. In 2009, he moved to RMIT University. He works as a sociologist developing a political economy focus that foregrounds work and employment. He is known internationally for his work on union renewal in the age of globalisation. 


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Marcus Westbury

Founder - Renew Australia - Renew Newcastle

Marcus Westbury’s background is as a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events.In 2008 Marcus founded Renew Newcastle with his own funds and energy. It’s a low budget, not for profit, DIY urban renewal scheme that has brokered access to more than 60 empty buildings for more than 110 creative enterprises, artists and cultural projects in Newcastle. Marcus is now working with companies and communities across Australia and around the world through Renew Australia.


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Prof. Michael Buxton

Global, Urban and Social Studies - RMIT University

Professor Michael Buxton joined RMIT in 1998 after 12 years in senior management with Victorian Government Planning and Environment agencies, and with the Victorian Environment Protection Authority. He formerly headed the intergovernmental process for developing Australia’s National Greenhouse Strategy, and the group responsible for the development and implementation of environmental policy in Victoria. He was an elected Victorian local government councilor and Mayor for ten years and was a member of the Upper Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Authority for six years. He is a former lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne. Michael heads a research team carrying out extensive research into peri-urban regions, including a national study titled Change and Continuity in Peri-Urban Australia. This team’s national and Victorian studies have investigated the nature and extent of contemporary peri-urban regions in Australia. Change and Continuity in Peri-Urban Australia was a collaborative project between RMIT and Griffith Universities, funded by Land and Water Australia.


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Jock Gilbert

Foundation Studio Coordinator & Lecturer - Landscape Architecture Program, RMIT University

Jock Gilbert currently lectures into the Landscape Architecture program at RMIT University where he coordinates both the Theoretical Frameworks stream and the first year Foundation Design Studio stream. With a background in horticulture, agriculture and production forestry he is interested in the dynamic relationship between the city and it’s region/s and the ways in which this is manifest spatially and politically. He is currently engaged in research around this with a focus on the region of South Gippsland.

Jock is also currently undertaking a Phd in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT examining the potential use of notions of the sublime in developing a generative framework of praxis with social and political agency in Landscape Architecture.

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John Calabro

Design/Director - The View From Here 

Founder - Made in Gippsland

John Calabro is a designer, born and raised in Morwell, Latrobe Valley. He left home in pursuit of greener grass, only to return after 10 years for the same reason. John has worked in some of Melbourne’s leading boutique design studios, including Design by Pidgeon, David Lancashire Design and 21-19. In 2010 he began teaching design at Swinburne’s Faculty of Design and setup his own design studio The View From Here in his new home town of Traralgon. In 2013 he launched a side project called Made In Gippsland, a website which features an alumni of ex/current Gippslanders aiming for the highest standards in creative fields.


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Kim Irons

Senior Policy Officer Architecture + Transport - The Office of the Victorian Government Architect

Kim Irons is a registered architect with twenty years’ experience in designing and delivering public, commercial and residential projects. Kim has worked in significant design practices in Melbourne and internationally, leading projects in design and management roles. In addition Kim has held teaching positions and provided design critique at the University of Melbourne. Kim’s role within OVGA is to provide assistance to the Department of Transport in achieving good design in public transport projects. Along with her role at OVGA, Kim also has a practice in regional Victoria, specialising in residential projects in metropolitan and rural locations. 


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Julia Agostino

Manager Regional Partnerships - Latrobe City Council

Responsible for driving Latrobe City’s transition to a low carbon economy through the implementation of Council’s ground breaking policy - Positioning Latrobe City for a Low Carbon Emissions Future - the first of its kind in Australia.

Shaping the conversation with government and other stakeholders during a time of significant economic and policy change and playing a key role in forging strong stakeholder relationships across government and private sector. Taking a proactive approach to ensure the City of Latrobe continues to thrive in the future.