AIA Seminar – Social Sustainability

About the Seminar:

REFUEL_CPD_FOR_2.0_Mono_BTSocial Sustainability is about ensuring the sustenance of the diverse social relations that exist in healthy communities. Creating the physical, cultural and social places that support wellbeing and a sense of community involves a process of engagement with the people who inhabit and frequent those places. For this reason good design, which promotes social sustainability and aspires to achieve the highest qualities in human relationships, is as much about process as it is about the outcome. The formal design of a physical place is critical, and sustaining good performance from that place over time, is best achieved when the design is integrated with the social infrastructure of the place.

Public policy in Australia and around the world has become increasingly interested in measures of progress that go beyond GDP. There is increasing interest and concern for the performance of public space, livability of cities and the wellbeing of a city’s inhabitants. This presents a great opportunity for Architects and built environment professionals, who are uniquely placed to steward the making, management and development of mechanisms to sustain places of thriving social connection in our cities.

This presentation by Dr Angelique Edmonds will discuss the growing public policy emphasis on wellbeing and performance of public spaces, how we can respond, what this means for innovation in design practice, who is involved in delivering Social Sustainability, why it is important, and what happens if we don’t.

Dr Angelique Edmonds was recently published in Architecture AU on the topic of Social sustainability. Click HERE for the article

To book a place visit the Australian Institute of Architects website

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Learning Outcomes:

After the seminar, the attendants will be able to:

  • Explain the worldwide public policy interest in wellbeing, the performance of public places and how this impacts upon the work of Architects
  • Identify characteristics of socially inclusive design led engagement processes and their implications for sustaining social connection and effective public outcomes
  • Explain a range of ways in which design process engages public involvement across the spectrum from consultation to co-creation and the differences between them
  • Implement ideas and practices which expand the depth of client/architect/community interaction and greater scopes of work and client offerings
  • Identify the practice issues that need to change to achieve optimized socially sustainable outcomes
  • Understand socially inclusive design issues and select from a range of ways that a design process can ensure social inclusion is attained


Thursday 17 July 12.00 – 2.00 pm Adelaide SA Chapter
Friday 18 July 1.00 – 3.00 pm Hobart Tasmanian Chapter
Monday 21 July 12.00 – 2.00 pm Sydney NSW Chapter
Tuesday 22 July 12.00 – 2.00 pm Canberra ACT Chapter
Monday 28 July 6.00 – 8.00 pm Gold Coast
Tuesday 29 July 9.00 – 11.00 am Brisbane QLD Chapter
Tuesday 29 July 5.30 – 7.30 pm Cairns TBC
Monday 4 August 5.30 – 7.30 pm Perth WA Chapter
Tuesday 5 August 5.30 – 7.30 pm Darwin NT Chapter
Monday 11 August 5.30 – 7.30 pm Melbourne

To book a place visit the Australian Institute of Architects website

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