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ALTS+ADDS – Resilient Communities

28 Sep 2020 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

$5 – $15
Does saying we are resilient make it so?
Last summer brought the disastrous impacts of climate change on our diverse communities and ecosystems into stark focus. Queenslanders faced drought, deadly bushfires and unprecedented flooding. The unusually hot summer caused a dramatic spike in sea temperature and coral bleaching struck the Great Barrier Reef once again.
In the past decade alone, Queensland has been hit by more than 80 significant natural disasters, resulting in devastating loss of life and a recovery and reconstruction bill of more than $15.7 billion.
What can Queensland architects do to reduce climate-change induced disasters? Can architecture and the way we practice it make our communities more resilient?  
To explore these questions Resilient Communities focuses on Cairns, a region facing hazards from cyclones to sea level rise.
The Cairns Scorecard Project reveals some of the resilience-building strategies that Cairns Regional Council is developing, and Cox Architects put some major projects under the spotlight for insights to better understand how to practice in our ever-changing environment. 


Sioux Campbell

Sioux Campbell

Sioux Campbell is the Disaster Resilience Officer for Cairns Regional Council. She has extensive experience in the public and community sectors in community engagement, behaviour change and crisis management. Specialising in tricky environmental issues and risk communication, Sioux is a multi-award winner in public relations, public participation and resilience.

She is a life member of the NZ Association for Environmental Education, a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of NZ and a regional ambassador for the International Association of Public Participation.

richard coulson

As part of Cox Architecture’s Queensland office for 19 years, and with over 25 years in the industry, Richard has been part of many of the firm’s major projects nationally and internationally. He has undertaken a diverse portfolio of projects throughout his career spanning across a range of building types, including the sports, education, cultural, community, and transport sectors.

Some major themes in Richard’s work have been sport, culture and work in regional Queensland. Recent notable projects include two venues for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and the Anna Meares Velodrome, the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, JCU Masterplan and Central Plaza. Richard was the Project Director for the recently completed Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville and the current Cairns Convention Centre expansion.

Richard’s experience extends to many public venues with integrated art projects and a focus on civic engagement. The projects all have a focus on patron and public experience, and have a demonstrable climatic response. Richard is recognised for his ability to bring insightful conceptual thinking to complex strategic problems.

Richard leads the sustainability group for COX Queensland and has been directly involved in leading six-star Green Star projects in Australia.

Richard Coulson
Rosemary Kennedy

Rosemary kennedy

Dr Kennedy is a partner at Mulder+Kennedy Architects and leads the SubTropical Cities Consultancy. She is focussed on creating climatically-responsive cities, places and buildings for a liveable and just future through strategic design, research and transdisciplinary collaboration. Her research has influenced major urban development proposals and urban policies in Australia and overseas.

Rosemary is an AIA Fellow and is currently an elected member of the AIA’s Queensland Chapter Council. She completed her major study on Next Generation Apartment Buildings as the AIA’s inaugural Dunbar Fellow in 2018.


28 Sep 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST
$5 – $15
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