APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Research Hub Focuses on City-Landscape Interplay

APRU members at the inaugural SCL steering group meeting.

The University of Oregon’s (UO) Global Studies Institute, host of the APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Research Hub (SCL Hub), held the inaugural hub planning meeting at the UO Portland campus.

16 experts representing disciplines across Landscape Architecture, Planning & Design, Human Ecology, Environment & Sustainability and Architecture from seven member universities and the APRU International Secretariat came together to discuss the SCL Hub’s core focus, which was agreed to be on the city-landscape interplay, as well as the Hub’s key principles and main research areas of the hub for the next three to five years.

The SCL Research Hub will address local city-landscape issues associated with global challenges by engaging with partners from academia, local stakeholders, urban policy makers and major developers to bring about transformative activities and innovative solutions.

Key activities that the Hub will drive forward include the annual Sustainable Cities & Landscape conference, along-side the development of interdisciplinary research teams and collaborative projects as well as suitable and innovative training opportunities.

The first APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Research Conference will be hosted by the University of Oregon is scheduled to take place in September 2017. More information about exact dates, location and conference theme will be circulated soon.

UO’s extremely successful Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) and engagement framework will be a central pillar supporting the Hub’s activities and the development of collaboration between universities and local government.

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