With Perth's population projected to reach 3.5 million by 2050, it's time to think big about the planning challenges facing us and the policy responses needed to deal with these challenges, according to Associate Professor Paul Maginn, organiser of UWA's annual Stephenson Hepburn Oration to be held on 16 March.
Three of WA's leading experts will discuss issues such as Perth's global connectedness, and the need for big design ideas for urban/suburban landscape and buildings, as Perth evolves into an urban metropolis over the next 30 to 40 years.
"From Big Country Town to Urban Metropolis: Future Visions and Realities for a Big Perth", this year's Oration will feature leading Australian landscape architect and Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia, Richard Weller, Committee for Perth Chief Executive Officer, Marion Fulker and Government Architect for Western Australia, Steve Woodland.
Professor Maginn, program co-ordinator for Urban and Regional Planning at UWA, said the UWA Stephenson-Hepburn Annual Oration acknowledged the outstanding work of the late Professor Gordon Stephenson and Alistair Hepburn.
"Professor Stephenson and Mr Hepburn made a lasting contribution to urban and regional planning in Western Australia and were the architects of the 1955 Metropolitan Region Scheme for Perth and Fremantle," he said.
WHAT: The Stephenson/Hepburn Annual Oration 2011
WHERE: UWA University Club (Theatre Auditorium)
WHEN: Wednesday 16 March - 5pm to 8pm
RSVP: RSVPs required for this event. Send RSVPs marked S-H ORATION 2011 to Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 11 March
COST: Gold coin donation with all proceeds to the Fred Hollows Foundation