Community members interested in urban design and place-making are invited to participate in a free webinar series hosted by Revitalising Central Geelong, a local government and state government partnership implementing a 10-year program of revitalisation in Geelong central.

Webinar series with global and local experts

The Designing Geelong webinar series will feature presentations by global and local experts across 3 separate events.

The free webinars will be an opportunity for participants to learn from international examples and discuss issues relating to built form, the distinctiveness of cities and how we feel connected to place.

Each online event will be aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of how we can all contribute to the future of Geelong, regardless of our roles, ages or backgrounds.

'The series will feature some of Australia’s leading thinkers and practitioners in the design and liveability of cities,' said Joanna Gilligan, Director Major Projects Barwon South West Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Hosted by Dr Jonathan Daly

City of Greater Geelong Manager of Urban Design & Heritage Dr Jonathan Daly will host the webinars.

'As Geelong’s grows, it is important that we continue to embrace innovation and creativity, upholding our status as a UNESCO City of Design which gives us a platform to create a thriving, world-class liveable city,' said Dr Daly.

Speaker presentations will be followed by Q&A sessions.

Book now

The webinars are free, but bookings are essential via Eventbrite.

Webinar 1 – What is urban design?

What are the key principles and concepts in urban design that shape our cities and regions?

  • Wednesday, 9 December
  • 12 - 1pm

Rob McGauran, Founding Director, MGS Architects and Ludo Campbell-Reid, Director, City Design, Wyndham City Council

Webinar 2 – Why the character of cities matters

What is the role of character and the value of landscape in defining the distinctiveness of a city and region? How can it provide the basis for, and contribute to, sensitive urban development?

  • Wednesday,  27 January
  • 12pm to 1pm

Dr David Rowe, Director, Authentic Heritage Services, Geelong City Council and Leigh Woolley, Adjunct Professor, UTAS & Director, Leigh Woolley Architects

Webinar 3 – What is ‘Place’ and the role of ‘Placemaking’?

Why do we feel connected to some places and not to others? How a sense-of-place can better inform the design of our cities and regions and add value to our lives?

  • Wednesday,  24 February
  • 12pm to 1pm

Vanessa Walker, Director, Village Well and Dr Emily Potter, Associate Head of School, Research, Deakin University

For media enquiries and to arrange a interview with one of the presenter's contact:
Candice Feuerring
Revitalising Central Geelong, Senior Communications and Engagement Officer
Mobile: 0404 969 795
Phone: 03 5272 4131