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Water Sensitive Urban Design: planning for resilient cities

  • Auditorium room 1 - Monash University Law Chambers  555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 (map)

Event partners Monash University

How can understanding the natural and human-made water ‘systems’ of low-lying coastal cities facilitate the building of adaptive precincts towards long-term urban resilience? 

Speakers: Catherine Murphy, Monash University, Urban Planning & Design and Alex Gunn CRC. Discuss planning strategies for multi-purpose, hybrid infrastructures that address climate change dynamics and urban intensification in the previously wetland areas of Elwood and Arden Macaulay.


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Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Monash, where she teaches in the new Master of Urban Planning and Design. Her current research is part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and explores integrated design and planning processes for new hybrid infrastructures that could enable cities to adapt to climate change impacts and population pressures.


Alex Gunn

Alex Gunn has had policy roles with the Victorian government in regional urban planning and community managed public land. This included a three-year stint in Bendigo where, among other things, he guided planning approval for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project. He has worked for Monash University since 2015, where he has helped plan water sensitive city transitions in Elwood, Melbourne, Greater Adelaide, and the city of Kiruna, Sweden. The Elwood project involved working with members of the Elwood community and the City of Port Phillip to develop a 50 year vision of a sustainable and flood-resilient Elwood.