UNSW Built Environment: Planning Graduation Exhibition, Christina Livers

1 12 2010

Places and Spaces – 16 November, Red Centre Gallery

The culmination of 5 years of university study as well as experience from working in the planning industry was apparent at the exhibition of the planning theses by the fifth year Bachelor of Planning students.  It is clear that the way through which the planning degree is structured and taught allowed each student to find their niche in relation to the planning topics explored.  The array of topics researched by the 5th year students definitely demonstrates the plethora of issues planning is facing moving toward the future. The topics ranged from the implementation of 3D visualisation in planning, implementing sustainable development through utilising rating systems in planning practice and the role of the federal government in the planning and development of Australian cities to name but a few. The striking commonality amongst the planning issues explored was that of change, as planning is forever changing and the management of this is fundamental to reaching good planning outcomes for the community at large.

The launch of the exhibition commenced with speeches by Alec Tzannes, Peter Williams, Bob Zehner and John O’Callaghan. In attendance were academics, planning students and parents. The theses exhibits were displayed along the foyer and mezzanine of the Faculty of the Built Environment on posters, which incorporated an abstract from the thesis accompanied by an image. Succeeding the formalities of the event all in attendance were able to gain insight into the work that the students had produced over the year. The faculty was filled with a buzz of excitement, as the achievements of the students were celebrated at the culmination of their dedication and hard work over the past year. It was not just a celebration of what had been achieved by the students, it gave all of those in attendance a glimpse of the significant contribution that the BPlan students will make toward the Planning Profession in the future. The FBE wishes all of the 5th year planning students of 2010 all the best for their future endeavours.

Christina Livers

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