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New Research Agendas for a Sustainable Built Environment public lecture and Low Carbon Cities book launch

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Newly-appointed Head of School of Built Environment at Curtin University, Professor Steffen Lehmann will present his inaugural lecture titled, New Research Agendas for a Sustainable Built Environment, and launch his new book, “Low Carbon Cities”.

Event details

Join Professor Steffen Lehmann as he presents his inaugural lecture titled: “New Research Agendas for a Sustainable Built Environment” and launches his new book, “Low Carbon Cities”, on Thursday 30 October 2014.

Thursday 30 October 2014
5.30 pm start, Refreshments to follow.
Building 213, Lecture Room 101, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley
Free, but please RSVP to or 08 9266 2563 by Thursday 23 October 2014.
Steffen Lehmann

Professor Lehmann is an internationally renowned thought-leader in the field of sustainable urban and architectural development. He has worked and taught extensively in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region and has been an advisor to the United Nations.

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Low Carbon Cities – Transforming Urban Systems

“From the author who gave us the tour-de-force account of urban sustainability, The Principles of Green Urbanism, comes another timely read. Steffen Lehmann has assembled some of the best environmental urban minds in this new anthology that will become essential for all those who are looking for viable and sustainable urban solutions.”
Professor Tigran Haas, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

About the book

This book has been published in mid-September 2014 as one of the Earthscan Book Series on Sustainable Design, edited by Steffen Lehmann. The series is distributed globally and appreciated as a textbook by students, practitioners and academics. Two volumes in the series, Designing for Zero Waste and Motivating Change, have already been published.

A bird's eye view of a cityLow Carbon Cities presents 22 important texts as a primary resource that is aimed at professionals, students and scholars in architecture, urban planning and design. The book explores some of the underlying dimensions of the transformation of existing cities and the design of low-carbon green cities in theory and practice, with reference to sustainable design, social and individual values, public space, housing affordability, public transport, urban micro climates and consumption. It concentrates on the required transformation of urban systems and planning/design practices for a low carbon and green urban future. There is a particular focus on rapid urbanisation in Asia and the needs of cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Steffen Lehmann, PhD was Founding Director of the Zero Waste Centre for Sustainable Design & Behaviour and of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. Since July 2014 he is Head of School of Built Environment at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

“For too long, the international debate about “green” building has been far too object-focused. That is why Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems is of utmost importance.”
Ulf Meyer, architecture journalist, Berlin


Foreword: Donovan Storey and K.K. Philip Kang ‘Planning for sustainable, low carbon and green cities: the eco-city development paradigm’
Preface: Joo Hwa (Philip) Bay ‘Holistic approaches to future cities’
Introduction: Steffen Lehmann ‘Low carbon cities: more than just buildings’

Part I Classic texts on ecologically sustainable cities: conceptual evolutions and different schools of thought

A selection of renowned authors who have pioneered Low Carbon and Green City concepts.
1. Herbert Girardet ‘Ecopolis – the regenerative city’
2. Richard Register ‘Much better than climate change adaptation’
3. Tim Beatley ‘Imagining biophilic cities’
4. Norbert Lechner ‘Sustainable cities are solar-responsive cities’
5. Jeff Kenworthy ‘Trends in low carbon transport and urban development in33 cities, 1995 to 2005: lower carbon transport’
6. Manfred Lenzen and Greg M. Peters ‘How city dwellers affect their resource hinterland – a spatial impact study of Australian households’

Part II New directions: designing for low carbon cities

Understanding the Low Carbon City primarily as an urban design and architectural task, featuring a series of cutting edge case studies. This part also looks at Asian urbanisation.
7. Mitchell Joachim ‘Future ecological design as urbaneering: new positions on city-making without scale’
8. Nico Tillie, Andy van den Dobbelsteen and Sebastian Carney ‘A planning approach for the transformation to low carbon cities’
9. Steffen Lehmann ‘Green districts and carbon engineering’
10. Christoph Ingenhoven, Martin Reuter and Ben Dieckmann ‘From green buildings to sustainable urban design: two case studies’
11. Robert Cervero ‘Urban reclamation and regeneration in Seoul, South Korea’
12. Shipra Narang Suri ‘From sustainable to low carbon cities: is India’s urban transformation triggering a paradigm shift?’

Part III Urban microclimates: mitigating urban heat stress

The mitigation of increasing city temperatures has emerged as a major topic for future-proofing urban settlements. What are the latest advances in the development of cool materials and techniques for a hotter built environment?
13. Gerald Mills ‘The urban heat island and low carbon cities’
14. David J. Sailor ‘A holistic view of the effects of urban heat island mitigation’
15. Matheos Santamouris and Dionysia-Denia Kolokotsa ‘Urban microclimates: mitigating urban heat’
16. Yukiko Yoshida and Toshiaki Ichinose ‘Energy reduction using natural ventilation in city planning’
17. Steve K. Jusuf, Nyuk Hien Wong and Zhun Min Adrian Chong ‘The impact of increasing urban air temperature on planning and building energy consumption in tropical climates’
18. Lutz Katzschner and Sabrina Campe ‘Urban heat islands: case studies from Frankfurt, Arnhem and Ho-Chi-Minh City’
19. Boon Lay Ong ‘The green plot ratio and the role of greenery in low carbon living’
20. Nigel Tapper, Andrew Coutts, Margaret Loughnan and Devna Pankhania ‘Urban populations’ vulnerability to climate extremes: mitigating urban heat through technology and water-sensitive urban design’
21. Ehsan Sharifi, Conrad Philip and Steffen Lehmann ‘Multi-scale analysis of surface-layer heat island effect in five higher-density precincts of central Sydney’
22. Steffen Lehmann and Katharine Thornton ‘Looking ahead: applying low carbon principles to shift urban deisgn paradigms in the Asia-Pacific region towards green urbanism’