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    Green Cities 2015: from healing landscaped gardens to challenges of building a Passive House

    Geraldine Chua

    The healing landscaped gardens of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital by Conrad Gargett will be discussed at the 2015 Green Cities Conference, along with the challenges of building a Passive House, the Library at the Dock by Lend Lease, and biophilic and living cities.

    Taking place from March 17 to 19 in Melbourne the Green Cities 2015 program, co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council, is distilled into three distinct yet complementary days.

    On day one, world-leading sustainable thinkers such as internationally acclaimed Urban Planner Larry Beasley CM and Michael Pawlyn of Exploration Architecture, will contribute their experiences, thoughts and actions to the discourse on our sustainable future

    Day two will see the industry gather to share tools, tactics and techniques to construct a greener built environment, while the last day allows delegates to “get up close and personal” with the latest green building innovations during Green Star site tours and in depth master classes.

    One of the projects that will be explored during the conference is the gardens of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, which features a large green sloping roof, transplanted 30 year old fig trees and 11 roof top gardens.

    “Contemporary research suggests that access to nature and contextual design are fundamental to our health and wellbeing. Promoting these health and environmental benefits should be the focus of how we design health facilities and indeed how we approach health care in Australia,” said Katharina Nieberier-Walker, Head of Landscape Architecture at Conrad Gargett.

    Click HERE to find out more about the program. 

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