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Event reminder – Tomorrow night (Wednesday 6 February) – Han Brezet to speak

Posted in Events, Movements, Policies, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on February 5th, 2008

How do we harness creativity for a sustainable future? Design, Innovation, Opportunities and Dilemmas – A view from The Netherlands

Professor Han Brezet Head, Design for Sustainability (D4S), Technical University of Delft; City Innovator, Rotterdam; TV Judge, ‘Best Ideas of the Netherlands’

Prof Brezets work has supported many famous new products and entrepreneurial activities: the Rotterdam Sustainable Dance Club; Formula Zero (hydrogen fuel cell racing); the Friesland Solar-boat Challenge; the Mitka for Nike; portable electric vehicles; SustainableRotterdam.com; home biogas generators; bamboo products… In the Netherlands, as in Australia, the reality of climate change is shifting the focus of design and innovation from eco-products to new services, new institutions new life-styles and to greater engagement of the community in re-inventing the future.

Sustainability Victoria, the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, SustainableMelbourne.com and Design Victoria are pleased to invite you to this important free public lecture by an important ECO-LEAD visitor to Melbourne*.

Wednesday 6 February 2008 6pm to 7.30pm (followed by drinks) Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, Swanston Street, opposite end of Faraday Street, Carlton. Visit http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/venuehire/general/maps.html for a map of the campus.

Professor Han Brezet is head of the oldest Design for Sustainability program in Europe at the Technical University of Delft. He is the City Innovator for Rotterdam, charged with generating new interests, possibilities and collaborations, for the future of Rotterdam. He has focused on the creation of ‘creative city platforms for change, bringing together designers and design students with industry, government and the community to envision new possibilities for Rotterdam’s development. He is also one of three judges for the “Best Ideas of The Netherlands” TV reality show – one of the most popular reality television shows on Dutch TV in which thousands of people compete to get their ‘invention to the market (think The New Inventors meets Australian Idol).

Prof Brezet is also a leader of the research and development program of the Cartesius Institute for Sustainable Innovation in Friesland and a Professorial Fellow of the Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society (ACSIS) at the University
of Melbourne.

This lecture will contribute to the development of Future Melbourne, the City of Melbournes plan for the future of the city in 2020 and beyond.

* ‘ECO-LEAD: Leading thinking in eco-innovation is a program of Sustainability Victoria and VEIL (the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne).

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