TDS TALKS Urban & Cultural Change


Join us for an interactive event presented by Studio THI with a cross disciplinary focus exploring how we can be more competent at leading urban transition, including building the urban literacy of the community and developing the skills of the sector to form change strategies.

Facilitated by Peter Browning, the session will include:

– A model for assessing a communities capacity for urban change
– Increasing urban literacy and citizenship.
– The outcomes of research and education with 360 people living in high growth, high change communities across Australia.
– A framework to plan cultural change strategies

Finally, a Peter will facilitate a multi-disciplinary activity to give people an opportunity to use the framework and identify the potential ingredients of a cultural urban change strategy for the Sunshine Coast.


More details;

StudioTHI (formerly The Hornery Institute) are a not for profit agency focussed on maximising the benefit for communities of sustainable urban development. Their current work focusses on how the community and sector can increase their capacity to lead major urban transitions. Peter Browning is a senior consultant with the agency. He has a background in developing integrated strategic plans for urban and community development with government and private sectors.

Regardless of views about population growth and change in South East Queensland we can say with a fair degree of confidence that the next 25 years are likely to result in more urban change than we have experienced in the last 25 years.

While there is significant variation we know how and where growth can be managed. The densities, the typologies, designs and infrastructure that create liveable viable more sustainable places. On the whole every level of government is in agreement about what needs to be done.

What we do not do so well is address the cultural and systemic change that supports transition. Enacting change can cause real pain for communities and elected officials. This then translates to a market risk for industry, especially market followers rather than shapers and governments wanting assurance that outcomes will be successful and supported by the community.


The Design Series is presented by SunCentral and the MET in partnership with key industry groups AIA, AILA, EA, PIA, SCCA & PLA.

The Design Series has been created to deliver thought provoking content and facilitate connections across key industry groups from the Arts, Architecture, Digital, Engineering, Environment, Landscape and Planning Sectors.

COVID Safe Event Requirements

As of 17 December 2021 in accordance with Covid regulations of the Queensland Government and Health Dept, you must be double vaccinated or have a government exemption to participate in events at the MET. Keep in mind that these regulations may change as the year moves on and any further directions will be circulated in the lead up to the event. We appreciate your understanding. More information on current Covid safe event requirements can be found Here.

TDS TALKS Urban & Cultural Change

Thursday 31 March, 2022


Ticket Price – $25, includes food & music

Bar open & operated by the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance – profits direct to local arts projects.

**The Metropolitan (MET)
**Corner First Ave and South Sea Islander Way
Maroochydore, QLD 4558

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