Understanding Resources and the Key to a Sustainable Future
Free Public Lecture
Old Arts Building
In the current context of rapid urbanisation affordability of housing, not only in money terms, but also in terms of environmental impact, is a growing concern. There is a tug of war between the environment and development, with spatial exclusion and social segregation emerging as universal phenomena affecting even developed countries.
Design helps to achieve more with significantly less: better use of ‘human’ resources (intelligence, knowledge and time) can prevent depletion and deterioration of other natural resources.
The key to building an affordable future is education; and not only increasing access to formal education, but prioritizing lifestyle issues and consumption patterns. We have to learn to discriminate between the necessary and the superfluous, so that cities not only survive, but thrive.