The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscape Research Hub has been set up in response to the increasing concerns about the sustainability of cities due to the worldwide rapidly increasing population and resulting urbanization. As a consequent sustainability is becoming a key issue for urban planners, civil engineers and design professionals.
The demand for a more environmentally responsive cities grows while modern society is becoming more and more dependent on use of energy and new technologies in nearly every aspect of life. Urbanization has a major impact on the environment and influences landscapes to a great extend beyond the city boundaries through increasing air temperature, changing water cycles and ecological processes. Urban and landscape sustainability go hand-in-hand and it is not possible to understand one without understanding the interdependencies between cities and their surroundings.
The University of Oregon, internationally leading in sustainable urban design and landscape planning through the renowned Sustainable Cities Initiative and its Landscape Architecture and Planning, Public Policy and Management programs, is hosting the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Research Hub. The Hub aims to engage with cross disciplinary experts, government officials and external organizations to consider Asia Pacific cities in the context of their many landscape interdependencies including services, networks and systems within and beyond the urban periphery, compare existing practices and models of city- landscape interactions across the region and initiate solutions and policy interventions to make entire city-landscape metabolism more sustainable.
“The SCL Program has created an excellent platform for us to engage with academics, professionals and decision makers across the rapidly urbanizing Asia-Pacific region, bringing together multiple disciplines and perspectives to broaden our understanding and to allow us to discover new approaches to achieving a more sustainable future. There is no comparable forum for engaging with these issues in this half of the world.” Matthew Pryor, Head of Landscape Architecture, HKU
“APRU has a wide field of vision and can bring together the brightest minds to resolve conflicts between cities and landscapes, human and environmental health. We believe that SCL Program has unique potential for addressing challenges of our living environment. We face challenges and issues in China, however, resolving environmental issues is a global topic which crosses borders and societies. The SCL Program can unite people from different regions and ethnicities to devote resources to this global issue.” Jie HU, Director of the Urban Planning & Design Institute, Tsinghua University
“For UNSW, participation with the SCL Program provides a valuable, opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary and cross-institutional and comparative, city-to-city research projects and partnerships that, in turn, have the potential to influence policy and actions at local, state and national scales. A unique dimension is the inclusion of government partners and relevant practitioners in our conferences and working groups to ensure that research findings are shared and can encourage a change in ‘business-as-usual’ practices.” Linda Corkery, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, UNSW