David Matthew Taylor: A Basis for Sustainable Evolution

Mr David Matthew Taylor, Director of Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects will be attending the 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference on 10-11th July to discuss “A basis for sustainable evolution”.

The connection between place and historical memory is a powerful and enduring one, one that people derive a sense of identity and pride based on place. In this age of high paced evolution, how does the past inform and inspire the new diaspora and cities of the 21st century?

Matthew Taylor

Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects investigates a sense of place by providing a broad overview of the evolution of cities from the Middle Ages to the concept of the 21st city and that by recognising and valuing existing fabric, incorporating new concepts of the city may seamlessly tie these two concepts together.

In understanding the evolution of cities, a basis for sustainable evolution is created by visualising cities as high performance ecological machines while respecting the heritage of place. Further, the engagement of community in the ownership of the project ensures social sustainability and by instigating the reconnection of nature in cities creates strategies that reduce global warming and increase wellbeing.

Projects which have successfully utilised the fusion of zero energy consumption include within an urban framework which is under ever increasing pressure to provide a sustainable living environments. This approach is exemplified in works at the UOW Innovation Campus for the Illawarra Flame house. The project was a collaboration between students, design professionals and the community and was awarded top prize in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, international competition held in Datong, China.

The presentation will demonstrate how Taylor Brammer have been successfully involved in utilising principles such as those in the LBC and Solar Decathlon to provide us with a viable future for our cities.