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Curtin hosts European Union SMART Cities expert

Media release

Internationally renowned architecture consultant Professor Roberto Pagani will visit Curtin University’s School of Built Environment next week to share advice on how to build sustainable cities that are equipped for energy and resource crises.

Professor Pagani, Director of the Italian Chapter of European Concerto Program in the SMART Cities Platform, will present a series of lectures and workshops with urban planners, students and members of the public.

Currently, there are 70 small to medium cities that form part of the European SMART Cities Platform and 12 are in Italy.

The 70 cities are measured on a combination of the six following characteristics; smart people, smart mobility, smart living, smart governance, smart environment and smart economy1.

Curtin Associate Professor Reena Tiwari from the School of Built Environment will join Professor Pagani for his presentations.

Associate Professor Tiwari has recently been engaged by SMART Cities Turino as an expert consultant on urban form and mobility.

Associate Professor Tiwari said that Professor Pagani’s visit is an opportunity to learn first-hand how European cities are implementing planning solutions now to prepare for sustainable growth in the future.

“The SMART Cities program differs from many other programs on sustainable cities world-wide because of its focus on making a shift from ‘managing the projects’ to ‘managing the change’,” she said.

“SMART Cities aims to empower planners and community members to embrace innovation and change when making decisions about the future of our cities.

“Professor Pagani’s visit is a chance for us to debate our current situation here in Australia and what current cultural constraints we face as we move towards a greener future.

“With key urban thinkers gathered together, it is also a chance for us to debate how we overcome these constraints.”

During his time here, Professor Pagani will also discuss whether Curtin Town, the proposed campus development at Curtin Bentley, can become a SMART Town.

PUBLIC LECTURE
Members of the public are invited to join Professor Pagani for a public lecture at 6.00pm, Monday 23 April in Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Curtin University (213.104).

This lecture will cover SMART Cities initiatives in Europe, the success of the RESET Project (Renewable Energy Strategies for European Towns) in the cities such as Barcelona, Glasgow and Torino and Professor Pagani’s experience working with cities in China.

About Professor Roberto Pagani
Roberto Pagani is a Full Professor of Architectural Technology at Politecnico Torino and Vice-Dean of the School of Architecture.

Professor Pagani is also an architect with an expertise in green architecture and urban form and has lead many research projects for institutions including the European Commission.
Professor Roberto Pagani has been appointed by the City of Torino to coordinate and develop the strategy for Torino Smart City.

1 Source: http://www.smart-cities.eu/model.html

Contact:
Gracie Daniel, Public Relations Consultant
Tel: 08 9266 3353, Email: gracie.daniel@curtin.edu.au
Web: http://curtin.edu.au