LATITUDE | Biourbanism with Adrian McGregor

LATITUDE | Biourbanism with Adrian McGregor

Biourbanism: A resilience model for cities

An interdisciplinary concept founded on landscape architecture, urban design, and ecological sciences, Biourbanism is a city planning and urban design platform that assists mayors, city leaders and planners create healthier, more resilient cities.

Put simply, the research-led platform asserts that cities must be considered a form of nature in response to global climate challenges. Developments in environmental science have underlined humanity’s impact on the planet, signalling earth’s entry into a new epoch called the Anthropocene – a point in evolution where the planet’s wild places have been radically altered by humans; wild places and complex biological systems upon which we dearly depend.

Comprising ten systems managed mutually through data, a paradigm shift in thinking will allow us to quickly decarbonise our cities and transform urban environments into healthier, vibrant, more climate resilient places that are better able to support the needs of their citizens.

Biourbanism is centred around five urban and five bio systems that analyse city health: Economy, Energy, Mobility, Structure, Technology, Water, Food, Waste, Landscape, and Humanity. Case studies of Biourbanism in practice, quantified through a resilience index, demonstrate realistic roadmaps for cities and communities to achieving resilience.

Poorly designed, congested, polluted cities are deadly to their residents; great cities nurture prosperity and wellbeing and have magnetic gravitas. It is these great cities that we need to create if the world is to prosper.

Learning Outcomes of the workshop:

1. Demonstrate how holistic city planning can be used as a powerful weapon in the fight against climate emergency

2. Explore the interconnectedness of the different biological and urban systems that comprise city fabric

3. Demonstrate and detail the changes cities must make to mitigate the impacts of climate change, biodiversity crisis

4. Explore interdisciplinary relationships and the role of landscape architecture in achieving city-wide resilience


Target Audience:

· Government officials and decision-makers within city governance

· Design, engineering and construction industry consultants

· Built environment students

This latest LATITUDE workshop will run from 9am-12:30pm online on Zoom. Places are limited so be sure to register your spot before we sell out.







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Adrian McGregor - Chief Design Officer, McGregor Coxall

Adrian McGregor is a landscape architect, biourbanist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra – Faculty of Arts and Design. He is the founder and Chief Design Officer of McGregor Coxall, an interdisciplinary design firm located in Australia and the UK dedicated to assisting cities achieve resilient prosperity. Selected as one of Sydney’s ‘100 Most Creative People’ and recipient of the Prime Minister of Australia’s Urban Design award, he has designed new cities, lectured, and delivered award-winning projects across the world.

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Monday, 30 October 2023
9:00 am to 12:30 pm

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