'Architecture Otherwhere' - The International Union of Architects


Words from the conference organisers -

On the twentieth anniversary of South Africa’s re-birth, the UIA Congress will celebrate the African profession as a meaningful contributor to world architecture and thought leadership in city development; as well as the continent’s contribution in the affairs and evolution of architecture globally.

Architects, engineers, designers, technologists, planners, thinkers and writers from all over the world will gather, with the public, for a week of lively and challenging talks, workshops, events and happenings.

In exploring OTHER ways of ‘knowing’ and ‘doing’, unlocking the multiple voices of Architecture, 2014 shall demonstrate that Architecture is as much spatial and formal as it is political, ideological, economical and theoretical – thus having the potential to influence thinking and policy. 

Having emerged from a century dominated by engineered, mechanised solutions and the marketing machinery of popular culture, we intend to revisit the qualitative aspects of the world around us and, in so doing, recognise that what we build is not only utilitarian but is, in fact, a humanitarian act; an investment in the environment and people through Architecture – reflecting people’s aspirations, values and concerns. 

Durban is a city in which these adjacencies find resonance and frame a deep and meaningful quest to enrich the relationship between Architects and the communities which they serve.

WHERE: The Durban International Convention Centre
The Durban International Convention Centre, Durban Sth Africa
WHEN: Sunday Aug 03, 2014 09:00AM to
Thursday Aug 07, 2014 05:00PM
COST: see conference details

'Embracing the whole - Architecture as a medium for social repair'

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An Australian Institute of Architects NSW Country Division seminar in Tamworth.

When communities struggle to provide for their needs, vision, understanding and heart are necessary to address their complex problems. The architect’s role can be one of visionary, advocate and partner. At this seminar three practitioners will speak about their work within very different contexts. Hear from Healthhabitat discuss his years of work in Aboriginal communities addressing competing interests of funding and governance. Tony McBurney from Integrated Design Group will discuss their extensive work in Africa providing infrastructure and amenity for rural communities. And Nick Seeman of Constructive Dialogue Architects will speak about their recent work on housing for the homeless, community projects and aged care delivery.

9.30am Registration & Coffee
9.50am Introduction
(Including sponsor intro + trade display by Creative Director)
10.00am Speaker 1 - Nick Seeman
11.00am Sponsor - Richard Hardwick, Ritek
11.15am Morning Tea
11.45am ArchiTECH David Howard - Partners Energy
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Speaker 2 - Tony McBurney
3.00pm Speaker 3 - Healthabitat (Paul Pholeros)
4.00pm Afternoon tea and panel discussion with speakers
5.00pm End of session

Architecture On Show 6pm Ray Walsh House Community Space (to be
confirmed with Kate Baker)

7.30pm Event closed

Dinner 8pm Red Ember Tapas

WHERE: Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth
Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth
WHEN: Friday Feb 21, 2014 09:30AM - 05:00PM
COST: COST: Members $90 | Non Members $135 | Graduates $65 | Students $40

15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health

Polar Health

Health professionals will be gathering in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA from August 5th to 10th to share health-related research findings and program successes that will improve the quality of life for those living in circumpolar regions at the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health.

The congress will be an opportunity for health professionals, researchers, and indigenous representatives from the USA, Greenland, Denmark, Canada, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Australia and other countries interested in circumpolar health to share products, information, and network.

WHERE: University of Fairbanks, Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
WHEN: Sunday Aug 05, 2012 12:00PM to
Friday Aug 10, 2012 12:00PM
COST: not known

2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference

Housing Conference

The WIHC is the first international forum to bring Indigenous housing leaders, senior government officials, researchers and corporate heads from around the world together to learn from best practices, build a global network, and showcase Indigenous cultures.

You’ll have the opportunity to share expertise and build powerful connections with this influential arena of leaders from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, developed countries that share common Indigenous housing experiences.

Stimulating speakers, workshops and presentations will explore five key themes: Health and Housing, Capacity Building, Disaster Preparedness, Governance and Partnerships.

The 2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference will be amazing, so don’t miss it! We look forward to meeting you and sharing ideas.

WHERE: Vancouver
WHEN: Monday Jun 11, 2012 12:00PM to
Friday Jun 15, 2012 12:00PM
COST: $600-800 Canadian

2x2x2 Brisbane

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What can you achieve when you combine keen design students and medical students with a very tough health problem that requires environmental change?

HH hopes the result will be a brilliant solution!!

What is the problem and what will be happening in Brisbane on the 8th and 9th of August? CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PROBLEM, THE PROGRAM and THE SCHEDULE FOR THE AUGUST EVENT.

WHERE: QCA Lecture Theatre & Gallery, Griffith University South Ban Campus
Grey St Brisbane City
WHEN: Saturday Aug 08, 2015 10:00AM - 05:00PM
COST: Free

2x2x2x2 Sydney

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What can you achieve when you combine keen design students and medical students with a very tough health problem that requires environmental change?

HH hopes for a brilliant solution!!

What is the problem and what will be happening in Sydney on the 18th and 19th of July?  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PROBLEM, THE PROGRAM and THE SCHEDULE FOR THE JULY EVENT.

WHERE: University of Sydney, Department of Architecture
Wilkinson Building, City Road, Darlington - Sydney
WHEN: Saturday Jul 18, 2015 10:00AM to
Sunday Jul 19, 2015 01:00PM
COST: Free

3 x 3 x 3 at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney

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This exhibition will be coming  soon... stay tuned here for more details 

Under construction!!!

Housing For Health

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WHERE: Powerhouse Museum
Harris St, Ultimo Sydney
WHEN: Saturday Aug 10, 2013 12:00PM to
Saturday Aug 24, 2013 01:00PM
COST: Free with museum entry

4th International Urban Design Conference

Resilience Talk

"The opportunities of the twenty-first century make those of us who care about cities feel like kids in a candy store: how will cities survive and lead the way in the transformation required to combat global warming? Resilient Cities gives us a road map for this epic journey upon which we are embarking."

Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle,Washington

WHERE: Marriott Resort and Spa
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
WHEN: Wednesday Sep 21, 2011 09:00AM to
Friday Sep 23, 2011 06:00PM
COST: $990.00

6th International Forum for Sustainable Housing, Mexico City


“The house, definitely, is what will make the difference in our society. Social
housing has to do with the human right to have a roof over everyone’s
head, on which they will develop their every day task, with human dignity.
The citizens define the minimum requirements, that minimum is a dynamic
concept, which will grow as a country grows, and this minimum is what
allows us to have a promising future ahead”.

Ricardo Lagos (Former President of Chile). FIVS 2013

The Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers (Infonavit) organizes since 2009 the International Forum for Sustainable
Housing (FIVS) to foster the development and acquisition of housing in sustainable environments, discuss the processes of
change in cities and evaluate urban models into a comprehensive sustainability plan. Its an event that is held annually in
which it addresses issues related to cities, urban development and housing towards the sustainable, with the participation of
experts, researchers and opinion leaders nationally and internationally.
The Forum has sought interdisciplinary dialogue and transverse dynamics among the guests and participants.


WHEN: Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 09:00AM to
Thursday Oct 30, 2014 05:00PM

A Hypothetical Event: Can Clever Design Save the World

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Journey through the pleasures and pitfalls of socially responsible design with an eminent panel of designers, business and industry experts, facilitated by Nell Schofield. Can design transform, replenish and restore the well-being of our world to create a cleaner, more beautiful and more functional society? 

 Join us for an invigorating and entertaining evening of insights and revelations.

WHERE: Powerhouse Museum Sydney
500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007
WHEN: Thursday Aug 08, 2013 06:30PM - 08:00PM
COST: Adult: $20 Concession: $16 Powerhouse Member: $16

A celebration of the life of Colin James

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You are invited by the family, friends and colleagues of Col to join the celebration of his life.

Take Col’s walk (or drive) to Shepherd Street, Darlington, and at 11.30 am
assemble on the corner of Shepherd and Abercrombie Streets, to join a public
procession with the funeral hearse to the “Block” in Eveleigh Street, Redfern.
At 12 noon on the Block a salute to Col’s coffin will take place before the funeral
hearse leaves for the crematorium.

12.15 a public “Celebration of Colin’s Life” will commence upstairs in the Redfern
Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street Redfern, with film footage of Col, and a
slide presentation.

At approximately 1.15pm when Col’s family return from the crematorium a wake
will formally commence MC’d by friend and colleague of Col’s, Rick Lepastrier.
speakers will cover the broad range of Colin’s influence across multiple fields of
his working career.

WHERE: Redfern Community Centre
29-53 Hugo Street Redfern
WHEN: Saturday Mar 02, 2013 11:30AM - 03:00PM
COST: Free

A working shower for all Australians? – What is the problem?

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The evening will include a panel of high profile speakers who will address concerns about the following: 

- Building standards in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing. 

- Human Rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote Homelands. 

- For over three years Amnesty International has partnered with the communities of the Utopia homelands to develop reports to drive campaigning on this issue. 

Speakers will include: Sarah Marland (Amnesty International), Healthabitat giving some details about showers and the safety / health of Indigenous houses and Jeff Mc Mullen (former Four Corners & Foreign Correspondent journalist) Further speakers will be announced closer to the event date. 

This is a free event presented by the Amnesty International NSW Demand Dignity Group. Please RSVP through the Amnesty website

WHERE: Teachers Federation Conference Centre
37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW
WHEN: Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 06:30PM - 09:30PM
COST: Free but please RSVP

AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference 2011

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Young and old: connecting generations
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is relatively young. In 2008, almost half (49%) of Australia's Indigenous population was aged under 20 years and a further 16% aged between 20 and 30 years with just 3% were aged 65 years and over.
The AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference brings together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Indigenous Studies sector, including researchers, policy makers, community members, academics, representative organizations, consultants, traditional owners and service providers. Whether your interest in the conference topic is from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultural heritage, arts, policy, sport, economics, language, anthropology, archives, IT or other equally relevant sectors, the conference presents a unique opportunity to communicate information about your research, projects and programs with a wide audience and to benefit from discussion around shared areas of interest.

WHERE: Canberra
WHEN: Monday Sep 19, 2011 09:00AM to
Thursday Sep 22, 2011 05:00PM
COST: $440.00

ATSI Environmental Health Conference 2015 - CALL FOR PAPERS

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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health conference is coming up. Submit a paper and / or get along to the conference.

WHERE: Novotel Coffs Harbour NSW
Novotel Coffs Harbour NSW
WHEN: Monday Oct 12, 2015 06:00PM to
Friday Oct 16, 2015 08:00PM

AdA Design Meets NSW Parliament


WHERE: NSW Parliament House
Macquarie St Sydney
WHEN: Tuesday Nov 22, 2011 09:30AM - 02:00PM
COST: Free

After Images

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The project, supported by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, is entitled After Images (Zan Zou in Japanese), and will consist of a collection of sketches made by Australian architects and academics, capturing an impression of the rich architecture and culture of ancient and contemporary Japan, or documenting a design which was informed by an experience of Japanese architecture. The understanding of sketch is conceptually expanded beyond pen or pencil drawings on a page to encompass photographs, collages, water-colours or poems, all of which suggest immediate, unmediated impressions that are unfinished.
The exhibition of the sketches will be held at the Boutwell Draper Gallery in Sydney ( ) as part of the gallery’s ongoing Art + Architecture series from Tuesday 25th October to Saturday the 29th October, with the auction event on the Friday evening.
The money that is raised through the auction itself and from sales of the catalogue will be collected by Emergency Architecture Australia in the first instance, who will then liase with a Japanese architectural aid organisation operating locally on the ground to support recovery efforts in Tohoku and Northern Kanto regions of Japan.
Ross Anderson
Senior Lecturer in Architecture, BDesArch Degree Program Director
on behalf of the After Images committee

with the kind support of the University of Sydney
and the Australian Institute of Architects

WHERE: Boutwell Draper Gallery in Sydney
82 - 84 George Street, Redfern, Sydney
WHEN: Tuesday Oct 25, 2011 12:00PM to
Saturday Oct 29, 2011 01:00PM
COST: $0.00

Ageing: Challenging the boundaries

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The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) is hosting its 45th National Conference in Brisbane, from Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd November 2012 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Attendees will explore the theme Ageing: Challenging the boundaries through an exciting scientific program. 

The inter-disciplinary conference theme emphasises importance of challenging and breaking through perceived boundaries in ageing that determine the limits of our research, policy and practice. This conference is designed to connect, challenge, and inspire the exchange of innovative ideas between older people, researchers, practitioners, educators, industry, voluntary and community organisations and policy makers.

Keynote Address: Housing for Health in Indigenous Australia

WHERE: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Brisbane city, Queensland, Australia
WHEN: Tuesday Nov 20, 2012 12:00PM to
Friday Nov 23, 2012 05:00PM
COST: $165-$840 (see website:

Amnesty in the Alehouse


Why Spend Money on Aboriginal Homelands?

Following over 3 years partnering with communities in the Utopia homelands, Amnesty’s position is that:
• The government should distribute funding to Indigenous communities equally - including traditional Aboriginal homelands where nearly one-third of Indigenous people in the NT live.
• With proper services like health, education, water and shelter, Indigenous people can be healthier, live longer and continue their cultural traditions.
• The government must respect Aboriginal peoples’ connection to country and culture.

Agree? Disagree? Not sure? Want to know more? Come and join a lively panel discussion about developments in the Northern Territory that affect Indigenous communities.

WHERE: Moonshine @ The Steyne
The Steyne, Level 2, 75 The Corso, Manly, Sydney
WHEN: Wednesday May 02, 2012 07:00PM - 09:00PM
COST: free

Archipelago Launch Event

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The Launch Event

We will showcase the progress of our three mixed engineering and architecture teams on their Sculptures by the Sea submissions, discussing how team communication has developed and analyse how the inter-disciplinary nature is affecting project outcomes.
From this, we will look at Archipelago's role in hosting student based collaboration and reveal the plans for further exciting upcoming project briefs.

WHERE: University of Sydney
Uni of Sydney School of IT, Lecture Theatre
WHEN: Friday Apr 10, 2015 09:30AM - 02:00PM
COST: Free

Architecture on Show : Architecture & Health

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“The idea of ‘eliminating poverty’ is a great goal, what worries me is that politicians with money and charismatic rock stars make the words sound so easy. I don’t have a bucket of money, a policy to release or a guitar, but I do have an idea… it’s called Housing for Health.”

Join architect, and Director of Healthabitat, Paul Pholeros as he discusses the effect of the built environment on health.

Presented by the City of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Architects NSW.

Book online call 9265 9333... Free Event

More info

WHERE: Surry Hills Library
405 Crown St, Surry Hills - Sydney, Australia
WHEN: Saturday Feb 22, 2014 02:00PM - 03:00PM
COST: free but booking essential

Australasian Student Architecture Congress: PEOPLE


The creative team behind the Australasian Student Architecture Congress has revealed the speaker line-up for this anticipated event. Themed People, the congress, held in Melbourne from 2 to 4 July, features leading international and Australian practitioners, thinkers and designers.

From high profile architects to designers to a member of the Creative Team for New Zealand’s first ever pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, from the winner of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland’s Best Emerging Practice 2012 to the adviser on architecture and design at the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the speakers represent the breadth of the people that make up the profession of architecture.

People, curated by Mercedes Mambort (RMIT), Tim Randall (Monash University) and Darcy Zelenko (The University of Melbourne), works to the philosophy that ‘architecture in not about form but formations of people,’ Markus Jung.

WHERE: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Storey Hall, RMIT, MSD Building, 757 Swanston Street, Melbourne
All in Melbourne, Australia
WHEN: Thursday Jul 02, 2015 09:00AM to
Saturday Jul 04, 2015 05:00PM
COST: from $210-$410

Bringing Architects Together: Bangladeshi Architects in Australia's 3rd International Seminar

Bangladesh Talks Sept Melb

This free event opens up the world of Bangladesh and many of its best architects.

Find out more

WHERE: Federation Square
Federation Square Melbourne
WHEN: Friday Sep 14, 2012 12:00PM to
Saturday Sep 15, 2012 09:00PM
COST: Free

CRANA Plus Conference

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The organizing committee invite you to join the CRANAplus 32nd Annual Conference - "creating and sustaining diversity within communities", at the Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park 15th - 18th October 2014

Since the organisation’s inception in 1982 this event has served as both a professional and social resource for remote health workers across Australia. We aim to offer an environment that will foster new ideas, promote collegiate relationships, provide opportunities for professional development and celebrate remote health practice.

CRANAplus strongly encourages you to not only attend Conference but to participate through the submission of abstracts and award nominations.

WHERE: Pullman Melbourne
Albert Park, Melbourne Australia
WHEN: Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 09:00AM to
Saturday Oct 18, 2014 05:00PM
COST: see website link

CUSP symposium

Designers working with Impatience.

WHERE: UTS Building 6
Sydney University of Technology
WHEN: Thursday Aug 15, 2013 09:00AM to
Friday Aug 16, 2013 03:00PM
COST: not known -event may be sold out in advance

CUSP: Designing into the next decade


From data to health, architecture to fashion, and in many unexpected spaces in between, who is working on the ’cusp’ of thinking in their field, and what is driving their work?A collection of designers from a broad range of design areas.

With a forward-looking bent, CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade recognises that design can evolve, and that, while outcomes are always desired, often it is the process that provides the greatest illustration. For this reason, CUSP will be anchored by a set of ideas, or ‘visions’, of what drives each designer. Rather than being about objects, CUSP becomes about practice.

CUSP has been imagined and developed as a three-year creative program, with seven physical iterations around Australia from early 2013 to early 2015. In addition to the exhibition, which will spotlight some outcomes emblematic of each designer’s practice, there will be ways for audiences to directly engage and interact with the designers and the ideas that guide their work.

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the Casula Powerhouse installation

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play the game ... use the fridge magnets to match a health problem to the environment that casuses the problem and identify a solution... difficult ...YES

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First use the app on the ipads to see what parts of the environment around the Powerhouse are being monitored.  How much energy is being used/ What temperatures are inside and outside the space? How many people have entered in the last hour? Then use the app to see the stories about how Healthabitat uses all types of data to design better living environments to improve health.

WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Western Sydney
WHEN: Saturday Jul 06, 2013 12:00PM to
Sunday Sep 01, 2013 12:00PM
COST: Free

Caroline Baum in conversation with Healthabitat

In Habitat

The event will be presented in association with the exhibition Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, In-Habit: Project Another Country. Caroline will discuss the work of Healthabitat and invite questions and discussion. 

WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16–20 Goodhope Street, Paddington Sydney NSW 2021 Australia Phone +61 (0)2 9331 1112
WHEN: Thursday Jul 05, 2012 06:00PM - 08:00PM
COST: free but booking essential

Commonwealth Architects Association Conference, Bangladesh 2013

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Architecture, Response and Responsibility

The world around us is changing, while rapidly developing technologies are making possible what was not 20 years ago, the present world also faces challenges that will require the built environment to respond appropriately. 

Resource and energy constraints make us think about the needs of the future, while new innovations in alternative energies open up new possibilities. Traditions, important to a culture are lost in globalization. Setbacks in the economies of the developed world have slowed growth while emerging economies move swiftly ahead. 

With these challenges come responsibilities. Architecture has a responsibility towards the society and will have to meet these challenges accordingly. Climate change is a reality and has serious connotations about how the geopolitical map will be in the not too distant future. 

That we are responsible for the interests of the future generations is already a major concern, the processes now requite foresight, economy of resources, to seek and employ new technologies that meet future challenges and lead us to be responsive and responsible for a better tomorrow………

WHERE: to be confirmed
Dhaka, Bangladesh
WHEN: Tuesday Feb 19, 2013 09:00AM to
Monday Feb 25, 2013 08:00PM
COST: to be confirmed

Community Plumbing Challenge, Nashik, India



The Community Plumbing Challenge event aims to highlight this major issue by bringing together a collaborative workshop of skilled, young international water professionals and students; setting a series of research, design and practical tasks focussing on development of appropriate, cost-effective solutions. 

 Our goal is to raise awareness of new systems that can be put in place, both globally and locally, that can address issues such as water industry education and training, skills accreditation, installation and maintenance.

The CPC will consist of three main components. 

One components will be a design brief issued to teams approximately 7 weeks in advance of CPC 2015, for improving the water and sanitation in an Indian school in Nahik. This will require design and documentation of new water solution to meet a series of defined end-user community specifications. 

Other practical challenges will be issued directly at the CPC 2015, and will require design and documentation of new water solutions to meet a different series of defined community specifications and practical tasks relating to Plumbing and Water Technology skills, to be completed at CPC 2015.

Get the details by clicking here 

Nashik, India
WHEN: Monday Nov 02, 2015 08:00AM to
Thursday Nov 05, 2015 05:00PM

Community and Architecture: Cultural Appropriations


As part of Melbourne Architectural Annual - head to the BMW Edge in Federation Square, Melbourne city and try and make sense of the event title. 

A primer of terms that may either assist or confuse follows:

Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group.

Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction

Community usually refers to a social unit larger than a small village that shares common values

Speakers that may make matters clearer will be  Esther Charlesworth - Architects Without Frontiers, Kate Ferguson - CoDesign Studio, Jefa Greenaway - Greenaway and Healthabitat. The session will be Chaired by Jon Shinkfield.

Federation Square, Melbourne
WHEN: Wednesday Oct 24, 2012 06:00PM - 08:00PM
COST: free but booking essential

Connecting the Dots


A Conference Shaping the Future of Infrastructure in Remote Indigenous Communities, 6-7 February 2012, Alice Springs

In February 2012, Infrastructure Australia will be hosting a national conference, “Connecting the Dots”, to influence sustainable growth in remote Indigenous communities through infrastructure. The conference will provide national and international attendees the opportunity to discuss and progress innovative ideas to plan, develop and manage infrastructure in remote Indigenous communities.

One of the nine key challenges identified by Infrastructure Australia to the delivery of national strategic and economic benefits with infrastructure reform and investment initiatives is:

Supporting Indigenous communities: improving infrastructure in remote and regional Indigenous communities, and closing the gap in essential infrastructure and services between these and non-Indigenous communities.

Alice Springs
WHEN: Monday Feb 06, 2012 09:00AM to
Tuesday Feb 07, 2012 05:00PM


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Level 6 Room 6.38, Building 6, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo
WHEN: Friday Oct 23, 2015 01:00PM to
Thursday Oct 22, 2015 02:30PM
COST: Free

Dementia in Aboriginal Communities: Translating Research into Caring and Practice

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Keynote Address: What is Home for Aboriginal People

3rd National Workshop of the Australian Association of Gerontology Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Committee (AAG ATSIAC)

Plaza Level Room P7 (Grey Street end BCEC)

WHERE: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Plaza Level Room P7 (Grey Street end BCEC)
WHEN: Tuesday Nov 20, 2012 12:00PM - 05:00PM
COST: by inviation

Design-led Solutions to Wicked Problems


Presented by Australian Design Alliance

National governments around the world see design as critical to solving economic and social problems as well as developing a profile internationally for designers. Australia is just beginning to sit up and take notice of the contribution its designers have to make across the policy spectrum. This event will look at design-led solutions to major national issues. Using design-thinking techniques participants will interrogate the problems and discuss possible solutions. The Australian Design Alliance (AdA) is representing the design sector in consultations with the Federal Government on a national design policy for Australia. The AdA wants to show how designers can help to change the world with economically sustainable solutions to big picture policy issues from climate change to urban design, health policy and immigration issues. This event is for everyone with ideas about how design can make a difference to Australia’s future.

Speakers: Paul Pholeros, Lauren Tan and Marie O'Mahony

rsvp essential

WHERE: Powerhouse museum
500 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney Australia
WHEN: Tuesday Aug 09, 2011 06:00PM - 08:00PM
COST: $0.00

Developing Healthy Communities

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What role can architects play in developing healthy and vibrant communities? 

How might we make a difference when working with disadvantaged communities in Australia and elsewhere? 

How do we ensure that such work helps to build capacity within those communities, rather than simply being part of another fly-in fly-out quick fix? 

How does this work help us to think differently about architecture and the roles it can play in societies?

The Speakers:

- Healthabitat 

- David O'Brien, University of Melbourne 

- Esther Charlesworth, Architects Without Frontiers and RMIT University 

Presented by the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, this seminar provides one (1) informal continuing professional development (CPD) point per hour.

Contact to book -

WHERE: Student Lounge
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer Building (Building Number 113) University of Melbourne Parkville, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
WHEN: Monday Sep 10, 2012 06:00PM - 09:00PM
COST: contact the AIA

Dinner with Healthabitat

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Hear from Healthabitat (HH) Director Paul Torzillo and Healthabitat O/S (HH O/S) Director David Donald, on current projects and plans for future works. Have an opportunity to ask questions, share in informal discussions and meet with other like-minded people. HH team will be on hand to answer any questions about the work in this intimate setting. All proceeds will be donated to Healthabitat O/S – a subsidiary of Healthabitat established to provide tax deductibility for donations, all of which directly fund projects.


The menu designed to share especially for the night by resident culinary creative Nick Smith with accompanying wines selected by Dan Cesarano. A communal dining experience catered to mingling and sharing. Please advise of any dietary requirements after purchasing a ticket to


Cauliflower & oyster mushroom chawanmushi

King prawn over charcoal, furikake butter

Smallfry – Grenache, Rose, Cinsault - Barossa

Hiramasa kingfish with green dragon salsa

Chargrilled brassicas with kimchi dressing

Sparrow & Vine - Chardonnay – Yarra Valley 

Roast kurabuta pork with kikurage & clams

Togarashi slaw

Sparrow & Vine – Nebbiolo - Gundagai

Coffee crème caramel, peanut crunch

Umeshu Ippin Mito sake

**Please advise on dietary requirements by contacting Rising Sun Workshop on (02) 9550 3891 or email

WHERE: Rising Sun Workshop
1C Whateley Street
WHEN: Tuesday Aug 15, 2017 06:00PM - 10:00PM
COST: $110.00

Engage Rotary - Change Lives : District Conference Orange

WHEN: Friday Mar 21, 2014 09:00AM to
Sunday Feb 23, 2014 05:00PM

Environment and Water Matter!


Environment and Water Matter! is a series of traditional research colloquia and innovative cross-fertilisation workshops sponsored by the Flinders University School of the Environment and the Water and Environment Research Hub (WE-Hub). 

These colloquia and workshops will offer insights in contemporary research into environmental sustainability and security issues. 

Speakers and workshop facilitators will be drawn from a wide range of science and social science disciplines, as well as industry and the policy making arena. We have assembled experts from overseas, interstate and South Australia.

WHERE: IST Teletheatre
Flinders University, South Australia
WHEN: Wednesday Apr 10, 2013 03:30PM to
Sunday Mar 10, 2013 05:00PM
COST: free

Equity @ the Centre


The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA), the Northern Territory Chronic Diseases Network (CDN) and the Northern Territory Medicare Local (NTML) are partnering to jointly deliver the 22nd AHPA National Conference and the 18th Annual CDN Conference in Alice Springs between 4-5th September 2014.

The theme of the conference is 'Equity @ the Centre: Action on Social Determinants of Health'.

The focus on equity aims to demonstrate the centrality of fairness and social justice as principles that underpin contemporary health promotion, prevention and comprehensive primary health care activities and system reforms across Australia;
The focus on social determinants of health responds to the growing national and global evidence and commentary acknowledging the need for action in this area;

WHERE: Alice Springs Convention Centre
93 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
WHEN: Thursday Sep 04, 2014 09:00AM to
Friday Sep 05, 2014 05:00PM

Exhibition - YARDMASTER : Reducing the effect of overcrowding in remote Indigenous housing

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YARDMASTER an exhibition of research addressing the effect of overcrowding in remote Indigenous housing

by Christian Tietz, Tasman Munro and Greg Norman

Overcrowding results in Indigenous Australians utilising the yard areas surrounding the house as living environments. These areas are typically barren and lack facilities. Data from the National Indigenous Housing Guide shows less than half the housing has any outdoor cooking facilities and 16% of houses have no verandahs. In response to these findings the Yardmaster utility unit was developed to introduce power, water, shelter, lighting, work benches, washing facilities and storage to outdoor living spaces.

Exhibition opening Wed 30th May, 6pm-8pm

for more details visit:

WHERE: UTS faculty DAB
Building 6. Level 4 courtyard, 730 Harris Street Ultimo
WHEN: Wednesday May 30, 2012 06:00PM to
Friday Jul 20, 2012 01:00PM
COST: $0.00

Focusing People’s Architecture

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“Focusing People’s Architecture” is continuation of the ongoing series of Architectural seminars and exhibitions in Australia hosted by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia, in partnerships with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and the Bangladesh High Commission in Australia over last five years.

The Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has accepted the invitation to visit Australia in October 2014 to deliver key note speech at Focusing People’s Architecture, a week long international conference and exhibition organised by the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA).

In 2014, the tenth anniversary of BaA, the weeklong event will commence in Sydney over three days (9, 10 and 11 October) and moving to Canberra for the concluding sessions from 12 to 14 October 2014. It is expected that the seven days events will be attended by hundreds including senior government executives, head of corporate sectors, Architects, Engineers, Doctors, Academics, Scientists, and Diplomats from across Australia and overseas.

WHERE: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Australia
WHEN: Thursday Oct 09, 2014 09:00AM to
Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 05:00PM
COST: see website link

GLOBAL IDEAS: Many faces of Global Health

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HH will be attending the upcoming Forum in Melbourne where the focus is on global health. The three day forum aims to be participatory through labs, design jams and forum.

From the organisers:

We recognise that global health challenges are complex, unpredictable, interdependent and often driven by factors outside the health sector. Therefore our programs draw participants from our diverse, interdisciplinary community and provide action oriented learning to build the capacity of our community to lead change:

FORUM engages and inspires action on global health inequities. The program is shaped around five personas that capture the diverse spectrum of action that leads to global health impact. Participants leave with new knowledge of the range of global health issues and the ways we can act individually and collectively. Empowered to continue their educational journey with new networks to connect to opportunities and new tools to approach challenges systematically and creatively.

LABS inspire and engage more deeply by providing more detailed analysis of a single issue in global health. A content expert leads highly interactive small group sessions aimed at translating and transferring the latest academic work into insights that change the way we live and work. We encourage shared peer-to-peer learning through reflection on various aspects of the action agenda including leadership, advocacy, collaboration and ethical deliberation.

DESIGN JAMS provide problem-based experiential learning for global health action. Jams are highly facilitated immersion in the process of design to move beyond empathy, understanding and ideas into building and testing solutions that may be further developed and applied by our program partners. Our facilitators embed training in design thinking in the global health and development context to advance our understanding of both.

WHERE: University of Melbourne
WHEN: Friday Sep 02, 2016 09:00AM to
Sunday Sep 04, 2016 06:00PM

Global Hands an evening talk


Global HANDS is the global health and social justice group of the University of Notre Dame
School of Medicine, Sydney. Created by, and for, students of the School of Medicine, the organization
aims to serve the School’s 450+ postgraduate medical students along with nursing students and
faculty staff.

The theme of the night - Outside the Clinic: Socially Determined Health

 The format - Lecture Evening, 45 – 60 min seminar followed by Q&A with audience

Who may be there? Medical and Nursing students and staff from Notre Dame, along with attendees from other medical schools and global health groups in the Sydney. Members of public may attend.

WHERE: University of Notre Dame Sydney
School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Sydney 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW
WHEN: Thursday Mar 05, 2015 06:00PM - 08:00PM
COST: Free

Global Health Conference 2014




“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it” Albert Einstein

The GHC will challenge you to reach new heights and question your role as doctors in the global healthcare network. We want to inspire you to dream big, and more importantly, provide the knowledge to deliver those goals.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”-T.S. Eliot

For ten years, GHC has been a platform to learn how you can enter the global health arena, discover your passions and meet with likeminded medical students. Steeped in the traditions of previous GHCs, but with a fresh approach, expect Fast Paced Plenaries, Controversial Panels, The Experience Forum, The Great Debate and Immersive Workshops!

At GHC 2014, we will show you how you can be the instigator of change, taking you from the seed of inspiration from our talks, to the interactive nature of our workshops, to the process of speed mentoring with your global health heroes and all the way to action from the start of GHC 2014 and beyond.

WHERE: Sydney Masonic Centre
Sydney CBD
WHEN: Friday Sep 05, 2014 09:00AM to
Tuesday Sep 09, 2014 05:00PM
COST: see website link for rates

Global Studio Bhopal India 2012


Global Studio will take place in Bhopal from January 7-24, 2012. Through the conference (January 7-9) and the ‘hands-on’ design and planning studio and research projects, participants will work with communities, learn from theory and practice – and focus on urban issues of importance to the City of Bhopal and its disadvantaged communities. Participants will have the opportunity to become part of Global Studio’s international network of practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and communities.

WHERE: Bhopal India
Bhopal India
WHEN: Saturday Jan 07, 2012 12:00AM to
Tuesday Jan 24, 2012 12:00AM
COST: NA invite pre registered only

Group Show, Drawn by Design - The Art of Architecture: drawing and sketches by architects

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Drawn by Design The Art of Architecture focuses on drawings and sketches by Australian architects including Camilla Block, Malcolm Carver, Philip Cox, Neil Durbach, Richard Goodwin, David Holm, Chris Johnson, Richard Johnson, Colin Madigan, Glenn Murcutt, Paul Pholeros, Peter Stutchbury, Alec Tzannes, Tone Wheeler, Ken Woolley. Drawing and sketching for a lot of architects are an integral part of their design process. A simple sketch or drawing can form the basis of a design concept that will be further developed and refined. 

A sketchbook in the hands of an architect is also the equivalent of a camera for a photographer or a journal for a writer. This exhibition captures the way different architects utilize sketches and drawings at work and at play.

WHERE: Art Atrium
181 Old South Head Road, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022
WHEN: Tuesday Mar 13, 2012 12:00PM to
Saturday Apr 07, 2012 12:00PM
COST: free


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HH have applied to participate in the UN Habitat conference in October this year. The conference happens every 20 years and is the third of it's kind. Officially the conference Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

This October, in time for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), select streets, public spaces, and neighborhoods in Quito will be home to the Habitat III Village: a unique space open to all where urban innovations and solutions will be showcased to reflect on urban planning, management, and sustainable development.

The Habitat III Village will be staged throughout the city, including the main venue of the Conference, and will be an innovative and vibrant space where urban planners, organizations, and urban stakeholders from all over the world will implement urban solutions, projects, and interventions as a live model and legacy of the New Urban Agenda in Quito.

Habitat III Village is an initiative of the Habitat III Secretariat with the support of the Housing Ministry of Ecuador, in collaboration with several agencies of the Metropoli-tan District of Quito, and coordinated by the Metropolitan Institute of Urban Planning and La Mariscal Neighborhood’s administration. 

WHEN: Monday Oct 17, 2016 09:00AM to
Thursday Oct 20, 2016 06:00PM

HOME - PechaKucha Sydney Volume 24 (PKN #24)


In association with the exhibition HOME: Chen Chieh-jen and Chien-Chi Chang, PKN #24 brings together a range of participants – designers, artists, scientists, photographers and architects – who will share their ideas, interpretations and discoveries in response to the theme of ‘home’.

WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16-20 Goodhope Street Paddington, Sydney NSW Australia
WHEN: Thursday Jun 26, 2014 06:00PM - 08:00PM
COST: free but booking essential

Healthabitat Managers Meeting

The most recent national Manager's Meeting was held in Sydney at Darling Harbour. The range of subjects discussed ranged from the recently concluded Fixing Houses for Better Health national contract, a range of R&D project under review and the future directions and projects of Healthabitat here and overseas.Managers Thinking

WHERE: Darling Harbour Sydney
WHEN: Thursday Aug 25, 2011 12:00PM - 01:00PM
COST: $0.00

Housing for Health - the guide LAUNCH

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Healthabitat has produced The Guide as a free, interactive, online publication to improve health by ensuring the better design, construction and maintenance of housing and the living environment.

The Guide will be launched by Dr Norman Swan, host of the Health Report, on ABC Radio National, a multi-award winning broadcaster and journalist.

The launch will link to ARCHIVE Global, in New York City USA & the Building and Social Housing Foundation, UK for their comments on the relevance of The Guide outside of Australia. Watch their comments here.


The Guide launch will be streaming live from The Fred Hollows Foundation for those who cannot attend the launch in person, please go to the website:

and click on the live feed link. Alternatively click here.

WHERE: The Fred Hollows Foundation
Level 2, 61 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW, Australia
WHEN: Wednesday Oct 02, 2013 11:00AM to
Thursday Oct 24, 2013 01:00PM
COST: Free - RSVP essential

Housing for Health round table London 2012


A World Habitat Award winner in 2011,  Healthabitat, with the support of the Building and Social Housing Foundation, will be present for a round table discussion about the principles and methods used in the Housing for Health program. It is hoped the day can link work being done in the UK and Australia and principles and methods shared and discussed with practitioners in the health, housing and environmental health areas. 

The program originated in 1985 in Australia and since 1999 alone has improved over 7,500 houses for over 45,000 Indigenous Australians in urban, suburban, rural and remote locations. The same principles have now been used in the USA and Nepal.

The round table session will involve the participants in exercises and discussions to answer the following questions:

What are the specific links between housing and health, and how do you improve them?

From urban London to the Central Australian desert ...what are the links?

What work is currently being done in the UK and what are the similarities with Housing for Health in principles and methods?

How has  Housing for Health program consolidated data gathered over 20 years been used to inform design, policy and dispel common myths?

WHERE: Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
WHEN: Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 09:00AM - 05:00PM
COST: for more information:

Humanitarian / Health Think Tank, Bond University

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Think Tank will take place in the ADCO Amphitheatre, weather
permitting. A wet weather plan is currently under construction if we have rain on the day.

Lunch will be provided prior to the commencement of Think Tank in the University Club,
which is located on Level 3 of the Campus Centre.

Each speaker will initially be given around 5min to introduce themselves. Each speaker’s
introduction will then be followed by a personalised question for each speaker. This will
then be followed by a pre-planned open question for the panel to discuss. 
The floor will then be opened up to questions from the audience.

11:00 Arrival at Bond University – Proceed to University Club for Meet and Greet
11:45 Move to the ADCO Amphitheatre
11:50 Performance by Bond Dance Club
12:00 Introduction of Think-tank and Welcome
12:05 Speaker introductions and individual talk-time
13:00 Open Question
13:20 Q&A with roaming mic
14:00 Conclusion of Think Tank and closing presentations

WHERE: ADCO Amphitheatre
Bond University 14 University Drive (off Cottesloe Drive) Robina, 4226
WHEN: Wednesday Mar 06, 2013 11:00AM - 02:00PM
COST: free

Humanitarian Architecture - book launch

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Never has the demand been so urgent for architects to respond to the design and planning challenges of rebuilding post-disaster sites and cities. In 2011, more people were displaced by natural disasters (42 million) than by wars and armed conflicts. And yet the number of architects equipped to deal with rebuilding the aftermath of these floods, fires, earthquake, typhoons and tsunamis is chronically short.

This book documents and analyses the expanding role for architects in designing projects for communities after the event of a natural disaster. The fifteen case studies featured in the body of the book illustrate how architects can use spatial sensibility and integrated problem-solving skills to help alleviate both human and natural disasters.

WHERE: Australian Institute of Architects
41 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Australia
WHEN: Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 05:30PM - 07:00PM
COST: Free but please RSVP

If you build it … the movie

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What happens when educators and designers meet:
A movement for change and engagement begins.

Come and watch this feature length documentary about design education. Follow
designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller as they lead their students
through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more
than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of
design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s

 If You Build It offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of
classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.

Following the film, light refreshments will be provided, and an expert panel will
discuss the themes of the film.

Level 7, 35 Bridge Street , Sydney, - enter from Farrer Place
WHEN: Wednesday Mar 04, 2015 05:30PM - 08:15PM
COST: $15 to $30 (see registration info)

International Study Visit, Nepal

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From 30th October to 3rd November 2012, an international study visit will be carried out to the Village Sanitation Project in Nepal. The tour is an activity connected with Healthabitat winning the 2011 World Habitat Award.

The event is being hosted by Community Health and Development Society (CHDS), Nepal, in partnership with Healthabitat Australia and the Building and Social Housing Foundation (UK). It will be attended by a selected group of practitioners involved in the housing, health, education and environmental design fields, invited specifically for their knowledge and experience in these areas.

The international study visit will provide an opportunity for participants to exchange knowledge and experience, observe first hand the work of CHDS and the Nepali team on the Village Sanitation Project and have a chance to discuss key aspects of Healthabitat’s Housing for Health approach.

WHERE: Dhulikhel Nepal
Dhulikhel Lodge Resort
WHEN: Tuesday Oct 30, 2012 12:00PM to
Saturday Nov 03, 2012 12:00PM
COST: by invitation

Joseph Stiglitz - 'The price of inequality'


Tickets for this event have SOLD OUT.  Join the waitlist line from 6pm. All uncollected tickets will be reissued on the evening at 6.25pm. Alternatively, a podcast of the event will be available to watch soon after on the City Of Sydney website

Hear Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and a panel of experts discuss the price of inequality and what happens to communities when the issue is ignored.

Can we improve social wellbeing and address relative inequality while creating productive economies and liveable places with good public transport, social infrastructure and services?

How do we create well-connected communities that improve our physical and mental health?

The City of Sydney is developing a Social Sustainability Discussion Paper to consider the social issues that shape our communities – and ways we can all share the responsibilities and rewards of creating a better, fairer society.

WHERE: Town Hall City of Sydney
CBD Sydney Centre
WHEN: Tuesday Jul 08, 2014 06:30PM - 08:00PM
COST: Free but all places allocated


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HH has been invited to be Knowledge Partners at the “change makers room” in the upcoming forum Make Room India, held in Bengaluru (former Bangalore) in October. Coordinated in response to the joint commitment between the European Union and EU delegation to India to create an action agenda that aims to focus on four major areas of healthcare, inequality, climate change and education. The outcome of the 7 day forum will be the “Action Agenda for Change 2020” that will list scalable and sustainable solutions to local and global problems, of which we will embed the Housing for Health methodology as we’ve shown can be applied to any location or community in the world.


Changemakers Room 2016 is a seven day training forum, gathering 100 of the world’s most aspiring minds to identify current most pressing local and global problems. 100 change makers from all over the world will work closely with philanthropists, visionaries, global social change leaders, Nobel laureates, politicians, grassroots development practitioners and global non-formal education trainers to find innovative solutions to those local and global problems. Through role-play, research, case-studies, field visits, practical training and interactions with industry professionals change makers will enhance their diplomacy, negotiation, consensus-building, problem solving skills and cultural intelligence for leadership. Action Agenda for Change 2020 will serve as an official agreement among politicians and change makers to enforce solutions to prevent and stop the identified issues.


Action Agenda for Change 2020 (ACC2020) is a set of numerous innovative solutions to global issues to be adopted during the Change makers' Room 2016, on the October 8th and executed during the following 4 years by 100 aspiring Action Agenda for Change ambassadors worldwide.


The Changemakers' Room is designed to impact the entire world by: 1. creating well-defined, immediate action-oriented plan of change to be executed in the following four years; 2.creating a stronger, sustainable global change maker network; 3. electing 100 aspiring ambassadors of change executing innovative solutions worldwide.


WHERE: ST Joseph's College
36, Langford Rd, Langford Gardens, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560027, India
WHEN: Monday Oct 03, 2016 12:00PM to
Tuesday Aug 09, 2016 01:00PM


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An exhibition of student work from the 2017 Sanitation Studio in Nepal. University of Newcastle students are selling their work to fundraise for Healthabitat O/S projects.  

WHERE: Alchemy Cafe
488 Hunter St Newcastle
WHEN: Friday May 19, 2017 12:00PM to
Friday May 26, 2017 01:00PM
COST: Free

New housing design guide review

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HH commenced work midway through 2012 to initiate and host an independent review and further development of a NEW housing design guide.

With the review / update of the the 3rd edition of the National Indigenous Housing Design Guide well and truly stalled, and with the proposed scheduled review now 4 years overdue, HH has undertaken the complex task of producing and distributing a NEW housing design guide. This is consistent with the long term goals of HH to improve health by improving the quality of new and upgraded houses.

Many participants were invited, based on their connection to housing design, construction, health or environmental health to submit their ideas for a NEW Guide. Those selected to attend the review, were on the basis of their proposed contributions to the NEW guide. The 2 day review session will give all the participants the opportunity to discuss, debate and develop the following areas: 

- the content of the NEW Guide 

- what the latest data (now based on over 7,500 houses) indicates about house failure and improvement relating to safety and health

- ideas for a new and more accessible form for the NEW Guide (online, interactive, international issues, greater health emphasis etc)

Click here and register if you want to be kept in touch with the development of the NEW Guide 

Click here to read why HH thinks the NEW guide is so important. 

WHERE: To be confirmed
Sydney details to be confirmed
WHEN: Thursday Feb 14, 2013 09:00AM to
Friday Feb 15, 2013 05:00PM
COST: $0 by invitation to contributors

Ongoing till November: Formations - The Australian exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

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Formations showcases Australian architectural practices that are challenging conventional perceptions and definitions of what it is to be an architect and the possibilities for the profession to make significant contributions to new domains of work through innovative 'practice formations'. 

WHERE: Australian Pavilion
Australian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.
WHEN: Wednesday Aug 29, 2012 12:00PM to
Friday Nov 30, 2012 01:00PM
COST: free to public



LAST MINUTE OPPORTUNITY to register for PATHWAYS TO WORKING IN THE HUMANITARIAN SECTOR - AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE FOR BUILT ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONALS. Developed through collaboration and input from Architects without Frontiers, the Australian Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Engineers without Borders, Red R, ARUP and World Vision, this  2 day intensive is a great opportunity to learn more about getting involved in the Humanitarian Sector. Participants can look forward to meeting architects involved in the work - Graham Saunders (International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and Brett Moore (World Vision) to name a few.

'The course was fantastic and much more than what I expected. Presenters were very experienced and open to talk to which contributed to the value of the experience.' 2013 course participant

Apply by the 10th of October by contacting or downloading the course details and application form here <> .  

CPD points are offered for taking part and interested AIA members can still qualify for the reduced early bird rate of $900.

Course dates: Weekend of 18th/ 19th October


WHERE: Arup office
Melbourne CBD
WHEN: Saturday Oct 18, 2014 09:00AM to
Sunday Oct 19, 2014 05:00PM
COST: $900

Pathways to working in the Humanitarian Sector


An introductory course for Built Environment Professionals

Architects without Frontiers (AWF) and the Australian Red Cross have developed a training course that introduces built environment professionals to the humanitarian sector and identifies pathways for future work experience in development and post-disaster scenarios.

The course is aimed at mid-career design and construction professionals who are interested in getting more involved in the humanitarian sector.

This 2 day intensive course is facilitated by experienced experts in humanitarian design and construction.

The first course was successfully held in Melbourne in 2012.

We will be offering two courses in 2013, the first will be in Sydney on the 22nd and 23rd of June.

To keep up to date or to request further information email training for more information.

WHERE: more info soon
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WHEN: Saturday Jun 22, 2013 09:00AM to
Sunday Jun 23, 2013 05:00PM
COST: $1000 TBC

People Building Better Cities

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Around the world, too many people are excluded from the freedoms of development, and basic entitlements: decent housing, security of tenure, and access to water and sanitation, excluding them from prosperity and equal opportunity.

New forms of urban education and practice can expand those freedoms. Working with people in low-income households and communities, urban professionals can better address the problems of the contemporary city and help unlock the benefits of development.

People Building Better Cities is traveling to ten countries to exchange knowledge, build networks, and promote dialogue between communities, urban professionals, universities, non-governmental organizations, and policy makers on the challenges of inclusive urbanization and climate change.

Building on the work of Global Studio, an international educational program, this exhibition documents community-driven projects that share a common goal: the promotion of inclusive urbanization to improve the lives of the urban poor through innovations in participatory design and planning.

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To date People Building Better Cities has been shown in Bankgok (Feb 22 - March 15 ), is currently showing in Rio de Janeiro (March 12- April 12), and will be on display in Sydney from April 12 - May 12.

Sydney venues and events (click here to check updated information)

People Building Better Cities Exhibition - Customs House, Circular Quay April 12th-May 12th, 2013

Meet the exhibitors + PBBC Pecha Kutcha  23rd April Customs House, Circular Quay 6.30- 9.00pm

People Building Better Cities, Opening party in Sydney Australia is on Monday April 15, 6:00 - 9:00 at the Verge Gallery, City Road, University of Sydney

Forum / discussion ‘Citizens and city making: Who should be involved and how?       April 18, 6.30- 8pm, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, City Road (no charge, no bookings requiredTitle: 

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WHEN: Friday Apr 12, 2013 09:00AM to
Sunday May 12, 2013 05:00PM
COST: free

Politics in the Pub

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Politics in the Pub at the Gaelic Club, Sydney, Friday March 9th – 6.00-7.45pm 2012. 

The topic is “ Aboriginal Welfare Reform Under the Gillard Government-Housing, Health, Education, Employment- The Real Results”.


WHERE: Gaelic Club
1st Floor, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. NSW 2010, Australia
WHEN: Friday Mar 09, 2012 06:00PM - 07:45PM
COST: check at the door

Rebuilding Nepal Fundraiser

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A Fundraiser in Brisbane co-ordinated by Griffith University to help raise funds for rebuilding efforts in Nepal.

Local food, drinks, music – a raffle & auction on the night to help raise funds (more information on prizes coming soon).

Money raised will be used to directly support Nepali families to build essential sanitation services (water supply, toilets and wastewater treatment) and subsidise key parts of house reconstruction to increase earthquake resilience in villages. 

Click here to download the flyer

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WHERE: Wandering Cooks
cnr Fish Lane & Cordelia Street, South Brisbane
WHEN: Wednesday Nov 18, 2015 05:00PM - 08:00PM
COST: Free


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What do you get when you cross a maori architect with a politician, a health care professional, a cultural curmudgeon and an activist .... well who knows is probably the right answer!!

The Social Housing Forum has thrown this mix together to expand the view of housing towards improving the function of housing in New Zealand.

WHERE: Te Noho Kotahitanga Marai.
Auckland NZ
WHEN: Friday Oct 25, 2013 09:00AM - 01:00PM
COST: free but booking essential

Sago Studio

The upcoming project, Sago Studio 2011, will bring together students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the PNG University of Technology (Unitech) together with a range of design and development professionals to work with the communities of Laukanu and Kelkel. The programme’s intensive design-build process will encompass four small-scale projects that will aim to address the local communities’ critical needs surrounding securing a safe water supply and healthy sanitation facilities.

Sago Planning Workshop
Laukanu and Kelkel
WHEN: Monday Dec 05, 2011 12:00PM to
Thursday Jan 05, 2012 01:00PM
COST: NA invite only

Sanitation Studio Nepal 2014

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The Studio will include architecture students, plumbers, film-maker and other contributors who contribute their time and expertise to work with a skilled local Nepali team to improve sanitation in rural Nepalese villages.  

The Studio will be supported by the Worldskills Foundation with help from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - Australia), the World Plumbing Council. All these group contributed to the 2013 Studio in Nepal.

The Nepal Sanitation Studio will hosted by the Community Health and Development Society (Nepal), the participating villages and Healthabitat (Australia) as a part of the ongoing Nepal Village Sanitation Program.

WHERE: Villages, Kathmandu Valley Nepal
Kathmandu Valley Nepal
WHEN: Sunday Jan 12, 2014 12:00PM to
Monday Jan 20, 2014 12:00PM
COST: NA invite pre registered only

Sanitation work commences in Bangladesh

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After the Sanitation Workshop in July 2013 and agreement being reached between SAFE, Bangladesh and Healthabitat, Australia, the construction of 2 prototype wash and toilet units with waste water treatment and water supply has now commenced on two sites near Dinajpur, Bangladesh.

Assistance from Worldskills Foundation, BRAC University, KROM Architecture and Healthabitat and local village residents will be co-ordinated by SAFE and the works should be completed by November 2013.

The prototype works will be monitored and evaluated between November 2013 and July 2014 to assess the levels of use, acceptance by the village families and the treatment of wastewater by the different systems being trialled in both dry season and wet season conditions.

WHERE: Dinajpur Bangladesh
Dinajpur Bangladesh
WHEN: Friday Oct 04, 2013 12:00PM to
Saturday Jan 04, 2014 01:00PM
COST: not applicable

Support for Nepal

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The team behind Two Chaps cafe in Marrickville Sydney are donating all their profits from Sunday 3rd May (tomorrow) to organisations who are directing their funds right to teams on the ground, including the Nepal Rotary Village Development Project.

Please head down to enjoy their cafe if you are in the area on Sunday. We are aiming to raise $20, 000 AUD by May 11th when HH, Teeth and Toilets and plumbers arrive on the ground to assist our Nepali teams in the wake of the earthquake.

WHERE: Two Chaps
122 Chapel St Marrickville, New South Wales
WHEN: Sunday May 03, 2015 08:00AM - 03:00PM

Sydney Workshop for The Diepsloot Sanitation Project

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Healthabitat and WorldSkills have teamed up with Sticky Situations and WASSUP in South Africa to help improve sanitation to existing toilets in Diepsloot, Johannasburg SA. 

WorldSkills support will include funds for the construction of upgrade works and the involvement of two skilled trades for 10 days on the project schedulded for March 2014.

In preparation for the trip Healthabitat and WorldSkills are hosting a workshop in Sydney, free to skilled volunteers, to provide solutions to some key issues outlined below.

Long term goals

The full upgrading of the public space of King Mpande St, Diepsloot as a model development, is seen as the final goal. The Diepsloot Sanitation Project is the first step towards that goal.

This Project will involve the design, installation and testing of better public health hardware, and at the same time, the WASSUP team will quantify the importance of their work by collecting toilet function and water use data.

Upgrading of the toilets, tap and drain points

  • improve the ability to remove waste for approximately 500 people ( 50 people per toilet is currently estimated by the WASSUP team), 
  • reduce leaks from taps and cisterns currently entering the wastewater system, increasing the impact of wastewater pipe blockages, 
  • reduce the daily repetitive work of WASSUP by improving the quality of hardware and the ability to isolate the water supply locally when repairs are needed, 
  • free up time for WASSUP members for data collection, collating and allowing WASSUP to quantify the value of their work. 

Making Change, Measuring Change 

Diepsloot MapA control group of toilets, identified by WASSUP, will still have maintenance work carried out but will not have had the health hardware upgrade. This group of toilets will be compared to the function of the upgraded toilets. 5 x pairs of toilets will have water meters, but no isolation valves, installed (a total of 10 toilets).

The selection of toilets for improvement and the control toilets, will be decided by WASSUP and their location and identifying numbers noted on the toilet map.

Outcomes for the workshop:

The workshop aims to identify ideas, design solutions & products to improve the existing toilets and water points. The key issues identified for improvement and monitoring include:

Diepsloot Meter1. Water isolation valve (stop valve) water meter and protection 

For monitoring water use, the ability to turn off the water for repairs and protection of the valve from theft.

Diepsloot Cistern2. Toilet cisterns and pans   

Currently toilet cisterns are performing poorly. Leaks are common, both small and large, and lids are rarely secured. The domestic cisterns to not match the more commercial scale volume of use.

Diepsloot Drain3. New external taps and drains

The taps are regularly used to fill up containers of water to take back to peoples homes, the current taps, drains and water supply are functioning poorly and need further design solutions.

Diepsloot Doors4. Security: New doors and lock systems and lighting

If the toilets are not safe to access, secure and designed for privacy at all times of day then the toilets don't get used. 

Diepsloot Reporting5. A new reporting system

A new reporting system is to be developed and trialled to better assess toilet, tap and drain function and ensure the safe disposal of human waste and prioritise the WASSUP work program.

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Essential to the success of this program is being able to communcate the results of any improvements. We hope that after a 2 month period of improvement work and subsequent monitoring, the data on key measures of success can be presented in a form suitable for WASSUP, the local residents and local government/ agencies.


We are looking for skilled volunteers to work with us in an afternoon session in Sydney to develop solutions to these 6 design problems. We need skills in design, plumbing, building, graphic design and communcations or all of the above. Workshop numbers are limited to 20 people.

Afternoon tea and evening drinks will be provided with all information and design tasks. Please email Heleana at with your interest and the range of skills you can bring to the table ASAP!

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WHERE: Surry Hills Library and Community Centre
405 Crown Street Surry Hills NSW
WHEN: Tuesday Feb 04, 2014 02:00PM - 06:00PM
COST: Free **limited to 20 seats**

TIME’s GreenMed presents a Healthabitat Workshop

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Healthabitat asks for help... just in TIME. 

TIME = Towards International Medical Equality 

Healthabitat is a not-for-profit Australian company with the goal of improving the health of disadvantaged people, particularly children, by improving their housing and the conditions of the living environment. In late 2013 HH produced the on-line publication Housing for Health : the Guide linking housing and health issues.

A group of talented and enthusiastic medical and health students will gather for a one day workshop  to help HH develop more exciting content for  “Housing for Health: The Guide”.

Food and drinks provided.

WHERE: Michie Building 09-211
Michie Building - St Lucia Campus - University of Queensland
WHEN: Saturday May 24, 2014 10:00AM - 03:00PM
COST: by invitation only

Ted X Sydney 2013

Ted X Opera

TEDxSydney 2013 will happen at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 4 May 2013.

The full day event will take place in the Concert Hall before a live audience of over 2,000. It will be simulcast throughout the public areas of the Sydney Opera House for members of the public and visitors to enjoy on the day. It will also be streamed live to a worldwide audience, viewing from home, the workplace or one of the satellite events.

WHERE: Sydney Opera House
WHEN: Saturday May 04, 2013 08:00AM - 08:00PM
COST: by approved application only and approximately $220 AUD

The 35th EHA SA Inc State Conference- Building Healthy Communities through motivation, integration and collaboration.


The 35th State Conference Building Healthy Communities through motivation, integration and collaboration aims to highlight the importance of a holistic approach to public health planning. To achieve the common goal of safe and healthy communities, partnerships between planning, public and environmental health must be strengthened and maintained. 

Day one will focus on planning for healthy communities and we will be joined by members from the Public Health Association and the Planning Institute giving us a great opportunity to network. 

Day two will focus on traditional environmental health policies and programs.

Program & Registration will be available shortly
Enquiries: M Labaz, Executive Officer EHA (SA) Inc 

Tel: 08 8271 9885

WHERE: Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo
WHEN: Thursday Apr 11, 2013 09:00AM to
Friday Apr 12, 2013 05:00PM
COST: check the website

The 5th International Urban Design Conference

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The 5th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne from Monday the 10th to Wednesday 12th of September 2012.

The International Urban Design Conference was established in 2007. Since then over 390 presenters have shared their knowledge in developing a range of themes including, Resilience in Urban Design 2011, Designing the Future 2010, Waves of Change - Cities at Crossroads 2009 and Survival: implementing tomorrow's city 2007.

WHERE: Hilton on the Park
Melbourne, Australia
WHEN: Monday Sep 10, 2012 12:00PM to
Wednesday Sep 12, 2012 08:00PM
COST: see website link for rates

The Community Plumbing Challenge


Community Plumbing Challenge 2016 will combine multi-disciplinary teams, with a cross-section of expertise expanding on the skills pathway and career options for Plumbing apprentices and professionals in South Africa, and around the world. Hosted by local team WASSUP (the Water, Amenities and Sanitation Services Upgrade Programme) and DACN (the Diepsloot
Arts and Culture Network), teams from Australia, USA and South Africa will compete to work toward upgrading toilet cubicles removed from Diepsloot to be reinstalled and tested in the months that follow the challenge.

WHERE: Johannesburg South Africa
WHEN: Saturday Jul 09, 2016 09:00AM to
Sunday May 15, 2016 05:00PM

The Healthy Horizons Tri-Uni Indigenous Conference

Healthy Horizons

The Spirit of Healthy Horizons Tri-Uni Indigenous Festival with Griffith and UQ!

Come along and meet the real movers-and-shakers in Indigenous Health, not just from Queensland but all over Australia!!!

With all meals provided and breakout sessions in the afternoon – What more could you ask for really?? Oh yeah, and it’s free!!

WHERE: Griffith University
Level 3, Griffith University Centre for Medicine and Oral Health (GH1 campus), 16 High Street, Southport 4215
WHEN: Saturday Sep 29, 2012 09:00AM - 05:00PM
COST: Free but register please

The Henry Halloran Trust (HHT) Incubator Night

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Fixing housing in Indigenous communities

The supply and ongoing maintenance of affordable housing and infrastructure remains one of the most vexed issues confronting Indigenous public policy. To be functional, housing needs major repair or replacement. Associate Professor Tess Lea, the University of Sydney, will present on the HHT Housing for Health Incubator partnership with Healthabitat.

WHERE: The Festival of Urbanism iv
Sydney Nanoscience Hub (SNH), Lecture Theatre 4002 (Messel) Physics Road Camperdown, NSW 2006
WHEN: Monday Aug 28, 2017 12:00PM to
Friday Jul 28, 2017 01:00PM
COST: Free

The Nepal Sanitation Studio, 2013

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The Studio will be made up of 6 architecture students and 4 plumbers, contributing time and skills to work with a skilled team of local Nepali people to improve sanitation in rural Nepalese villages.

With generous support from EgresStudio Newcastle - Australia, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) - Australia, the World Plumbing Council and the Worldskills Foundation.

The 2013 Studio will be organised and hosted by Community Health and Development Society Nepal, the participating villages and Healthabitat.

WHERE: Nepal villages
Near Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
WHEN: Sunday Jan 27, 2013 12:00PM to
Sunday Feb 03, 2013 12:00PM
COST: by invitation

The Nepal Village Health Improvement Program - Design Workshop 2015

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The Design Studio will have two overall aims;

1) The design of toilet, hand washing and teeth cleaning facilities at a specific school site so that construction work can commence early March for completion before the onset of the wet season in late May early June.
2) The development of a design kit to help the Nepali team;
- plan, site and estimate the quantities of similar facilities needed at other schools,
- estimate water consumption and wastewater generated to ensure there are adequate services and land available,
- and estimate the likely costs involved for school managers when planning to build these types of facilities for future school improvement projects.

The workshop was open to students who had shown interest in the work of HH. It is fully subscribed by students from Griffith University and the University of Newcastle. The Workshop will be assisted by IAPMO professionals, architects and the Nepali team.

WHERE: Nepal
Near Melamchi
WHEN: Sunday Feb 08, 2015 03:00PM to
Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 10:00AM
COST: by invitation only

The Unity of Art and Life


A tribute to Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

Opening is on Friday the 22nd March at 6pm

Weekdays 11-5, Weekends 11-4 and CLOSED Good Frdiay

WHERE: Incinerator Art Space
2 Small St, Willoughby, NSW Australia
WHEN: Wednesday Mar 20, 2013 12:00PM to
Sunday Apr 07, 2013 05:00PM
COST: free to public

Think outside


Think Outside is an annual talk series which invites local, national and international design thinkers to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.

As the world turns its attention on Brisbane for the G20 Summit, we’re taking the opportunity to consider how we might approach the future of this city through a design lens.

At the first event in the 2014 series we ask Professor Herman Pi’ikea Clark, Director of Tokorau Institute of Indigenous Innovation (New Zealand), Healthabitat (Sydney) and John MacDonald from Lightspace & Brisbane Heritage (Brisbane) to consider how we might celebrate and design Brisbane’s future identity through community empowerment.

Utilising the collective visioning model of The Queensland Plan, together we can help design the Brisbane of tomorrow, through community engagement and collaboration. But how does that engagement take place and what would it look like? What can we do to make sure people’s voices are heard as we transform into a vibrant and prosperous city of the future?

Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their ideas, setting the platform for a considered debate and discussion around the practical implications of these new ideas. The audience will be invited to respond to the challenge prior to the event and to share their thoughts as part of the final debate and discussion.

WHERE: Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
State Library of Queensland
WHEN: Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 05:30PM - 08:00PM
COST: free but booking essential

Venice Biennale 'Post Mortem'

Venice Biennale

The AIA welcomes you all to Tusculum to present , report, reminisce, show and tell about the Venice Biennale 2012. 

So please put this in your diaries and invite your special guests and friends for a pre-drink from 6pm, talk at 6.30-7.30 and another drink to wrap it all up.

'Tusculum' 3 Manning Street

Tusculum 3 Manning Street POTTS POINT NSW 2011
WHEN: Tuesday Feb 26, 2013 06:00PM to
Sunday Feb 03, 2013 08:00PM
COST: Free for AIA members $10 non members. $5 student non members
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"Regulations for sustainability in Plumbing – a case for international standards"


The conference will open discussion on plumbing’s critical and essential role in providing a healthy and safe environment for the people of the world. It will also address the plumbing role in ensuring, through regulation, that the four pillars in which plumbing operates, namely, ENERGY, SANITATION, ENVIRONMENT and WATER, are never compromised on the altar of greed and non-compliance.

WHERE: Cape Town International Conference Centre
WHEN: Thursday Sep 15, 2016 12:00PM to
Friday Sep 16, 2016 01:00PM

Water Innovation Challenge

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WorldSkills Foundation Water Innovation Challenge – supported by the World Plumbing Council – will bring together a group of international, multi-discipline teams of Plumbers and Engineers under the age of 26 to participate in a series of hands-on design challenges and practical tasks.

 During three days of intense competition, the teams will develop a series of real and innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in two developing countries: Nepal and Bangladesh. Solutions created during the Water Innovation Challenge will go on to be implemented by the winning team in either of our Nepal and Bangladesh ‘Sanitation Studio’ programmes – a partnership between Australian NGO Healthabitat and WorldSkills Foundation. 

Design toolkits created by these teams will also be made available for other NGOs or international development organizations for further use in their own plumbing and sanitation development works around the world. 

By taking part in our inaugural event, our teams will demonstrate that an idea combined with the necessary technical knowledge and hands-on ability can take a young plumbing apprentice anywhere in the world, where their skills can improve the living environment and health.


WHERE: ITE College East, Singapore
ITE College East, Singapore
WHEN: Tuesday Jun 03, 2014 09:00AM to
Thursday Jun 05, 2014 05:00PM
COST: To be confirmed check website

World Habitat Awards presentation

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United Nations Celebrations: The Awards will be presented at the United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day in Mexico on 3 October.  The winning projects were selected from over 250 entries from 82 countries around the world to win the 2011 World Habitat Awards, run by the Building and Social Housing Foundation

Housing for Health Programme, AUSTRALIA: an initiative to improve the health of Indigenous people in Australia, by ensuring they have access to safe and well functioning housing and an improved living environment.

Community Programme for Neighbourhood Improvement, MEXICO: a community-driven publicly-funded initiative improving public spaces in informal settlements and low-income neighbourhoods, particularly those with high levels of social conflict, marginalisation and/or urban decay.

Twenty five years of the World Habitat Awards There will also be a launch of a  commemorative publication on World Habitat Day, celebrating twenty five years of the World Habitat Awards.

WHERE: Aguascalientes
WHEN: Monday Oct 03, 2011 09:00AM - 05:00PM
COST: $0.00

World Urban Form (WUF) - People Building Better Cities

We are urban professionals, educators and researchers from diverse disciplines including

architecture, planning, urban design, graphic design, health and medicine. 

We share common passions. 

We are at WUF to promote a dialogue about equitable cities, to share our experience in education and practice. 

We are looking for new synergies, new ideas, new partners, and new ways of learning and doing.

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WHERE: Booth 35 in the WHITE pavilion, WUF
World Urban Forum 7 APRIL 5-11, 2014 | MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
WHEN: Saturday Apr 05, 2014 09:00AM to
Friday Apr 11, 2014 05:00PM
COST: see web link

WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Conference

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WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Conference Program

WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 offers an excellent opportunity to bring together people from government, industry and education committed to the field of VET. We are pleased to announce that the Conference Program will be embedded in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.

It will focus on opportunities and risks for young people on their path to education and employment in a globalized world. Lasting employability in emerging economies, new industries and services as well as increasing mobility demand a different view on the facilitation of required abilities and qualifications of young generations. WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Conference Program will map the visions and future trends which underline the path of our youth into their future.

Leipzig, Germany
WHEN: Monday Jul 01, 2013 09:00AM to
Saturday Jul 06, 2013 05:00PM
COST: not known