2012 Utzon Lecture Series – Professor Deo Prasad

VIDEO : http://www.be.unsw.edu.au/utzon/current_series#DP

Envisioning Low Carbon Cities; challenges and opportunities

This lecture discusses the issues that surround the transition to a lower-carbon future. Referencing a global and Australian context, Professor Deo Prasad will discuss the lower-carbon possibilities that are within reach as well as the role that national research initiatives, such as the recently established UNSW Co-operative Research Centre for Lower Carbon Living – innovations for the built environment sector, will play in enabling a lower-carbon future. The presentation will also touch upon design and planning innovations which may aid this transition and discuss whether they can be fully captured and utilised by the built environment sector. The role of technologies and tools will be discussed in comparison with the role of social innovations, noting the importance of an engaged community in the delivery of a low carbon future. The lecture will conclude on visions for a lower carbon future.

 

Professor Dr Deo Prasad

 

Professor Prasad is an international authority on sustainable buildings and cities and among the leading advocates for sustainability in Australia and is a regular contributor to debate in this area in local and international media. Previously the Director of the UNSW Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment (SOLARCH) – Australia’s leading research group in sustainable buildings – Professor Prasad was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UNSW Co-operative Research Centre for Lower Carbon Living (CRC).  This CRC is a multidisciplinary research effort with research expertise in engineering, material science, architecture, town planning, economics, and the social sciences.  Its aim is to conduct research that will enable Australia to reduce carbon emissions and transform the built environment to a low carbon future and brings together leading researchers and key end-users and includes 26 industry organisations, 16 government agencies and 6 research institutions across Australia.

 

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