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JCU street sketching in Townsville: An approach to drawing on location and recording what you see

Disclaimer: This is the first of a series of very delayed posts. A lot has been happening in the past few months, hence my silence. I definitely have to get better in sharing things here in ‘real time’, or at last as close to ‘real’ as possible.

Since I was a kid I always loved sketching and I was fortunate enough to be able to make that also part of my work. On 7th September, I organised a sketching workshop led by Richard Briggs. Read more…

Thinkers in the Tropical Shade: Empowering Lessons for Livable Places

Cairns, Queensland, Australia: avoiding the humidity using active transport (Photo by Chuck Wolfe)

Last June, Chuck Wolfe, David Sellars and I published an article on Planetizen about the fundamental relationships at the heart of urban public health and livability, particularly in tropical Australia. In this article we discuss the importance of context, the relevance of the UN-Habitat New Urban Agenda, the Urban Thinkers Campuses recently hosted by JCU (Understanding Cairns and Townsville through the urban diary tool), place-based urban planning and design and the lessons learned so far.

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