NSW Built Environment invites our undergraduate and postgraduate students to attend our monthly professorial talks series, Meeting of the Minds.
The faculty’s accomplished professors from across all the Built Environment disciplines will speak on how their latest research and practice offers new perspectives on the UNSW Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation.
The grand challenge will be examined through the interdisciplinary lenses of the built environment research and practice - from the smallest to the largest scales, from the room and the objects within it to the cities and landscapes we inhabit.
Next event: Wednesday 6 November, 1pm – 1.30 pm followed by networking and afternoon tea
Speaker: Professor Catherine Bridge
Topic: How will rapid urbanisation affect the vulnerable people, performance as a measure towards inclusion?
Catherine has a significant National and International reputation in the area of enabling environments, as evidenced by invited participation in: International Design Awards as a judge; International forums and publications; Commonwealth Governments Building for the Future Consumer information committee; National and State based Home and Community Care planning; and the NSW Premiers 2030 Roundtable on Ageing as one of Australia’s eminent experts on housing solutions for older people.
Her housing research portfolio includes: research on housing and care; housing and health; older people and sustainability; accessibility of the built environment and extensive research on home modification interventions.
In 2006, Catherine was awarded a plaque by the Sri Lankan Urban Development Authority for her input regarding the creation of a non-handicapping environment in the National rebuilding initiatives undertaken following on from the Tsumani of 2004.
She directs the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) Project which was nominated for the NSW Premiers Public Service Award in 2006. HMinfo is a recurrent research consultancy project funded by the Home and Community Care Program (60% Commonwealth and 40% State based) and was established to develop and disseminate an evidence base for Home Modification Interventions in Australia.