Reflections on the 2017 Ecocity World Summit in Melbourne, Australia

A new report reflects on the outcomes of the 2017 Eco City ‘Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations’ world summit in Melbourne, Australia.

The biennial Ecocity World Summit series has been running since 1990 and is the longest-running conference of its kind. It is hosted by Ecocity Builders, which was founded by Richard Register in 1992 following years of pioneering work on the ecological city.

This piece, written by Richard Smith on behalf of Ecocity Builders, highlights four themes from the conference:

1) the central role of indigenous wisdom;

2) paying attention to health and well-being in face of gentrification and disasters;
3) interrogating contradictions of capital and community, and
4) using big data for small neighbourhoods.

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Image: A view of Melbourne at night. Copyright: Andrey Bayda / courtesy of Shutterstock.