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LECTURE : Emerging Urban Regeneration Models : Viewpoints from North America with Adam Beck




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Future Cape Town is excited to host Adam Beck, Director of Centre for Urban Innovation and Executive Director at Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, to present about his work and experiences with gentrification. With examples from North America, the presentation will explore the emerging urban regeneration models. Adam Beck will question the balance between urban policies and the role of the community in the development of a city.

Time: August 1, 17h30.

Location: Cape Institute for Architecture, 71 Hout Street.

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Topic : 

What would happen if we started every plan making process with the following question: “what governance structure best positions the plan for implementation”?

Many of our city-building challenges involve a diversity of stakeholders, competing forces, entrenched mindsets, institutional agendas, and business-as- usual interests that will often work against positive change. These forces impede successful plan implementation. Innovation continues to be the hardest path. Funding is always a challenge. Communities become “planned to death”. This is not an ideal set of conditions for cities wishing to actively tackle some of our most wicked urban problems – housing affordability, job equity, increasing density, chronic heart-related disease, climate change. These are not the characteristics of a city seeking to build prosperity and competitiveness, and position itself to respond to future disruptions from environmental, economic, social, technological or political change.

This presentation delivers a succinct set of case studies from a pilot program in North America called Target Cities, a Clinton Global Initiative being delivered by EcoDistricts, a non-profit organisation seeking to disrupt the plan making process across a number of urban regeneration and neighbourhood development projects by using collaborative governance as the underpinning framework. From Detroit to Denver, Los Angeles to Austin, and Washington DC to Ottawa, Target Cities is a two-year immersion program for 11 cities, communities and development and implementation partners seeking deeper implementation of their neighbourhood plans, master plans and community development plans.


Bio :

AB headshot (1)Adam Beck is Director of Centre for Urban Innovation, a consulting practice collaborating with urban leaders to build sustainable communities and cities. He is an Ambassador of Portland Oregon based non-profit think tank, EcoDistricts, and was previously Executive Director at the Green Building Council of Australia. Adam also spent almost a decade with global consulting firm Arup. An environmental and social planner by trade, Adam currently works as a strategic advisor, facilitator, peer reviewer and trainer for organisations advancing urban regeneration projects. He is a member of the Research and Innovation Committee of Urban Land Institute Australia and has previously been involved with the C40 Cities Climate Protection Group and World Green Building Council. Adam spent four years as lecturer in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland and maintains strong research interests in collaborative processes for community development.