Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Virtual Event - Link to be provided once registered
Author David Wilmoth will be interviewed by AIUS Chairman Michael Neustein on his forthcoming book, “The Promise of the City”.
The pre-publication publicity for David’s book, officially out on 25 November 2021, says:
“As a technocrat in the Whitlam government, David Wilmoth was never an average urban planner. Australia was in desperate need of structural reform to lift opportunities for the disadvantaged. In David's view, urban strategy had to encompass infrastructure and economic development in a way that reflected the aspirations of the Australian people, not just lay out land uses. This was the only way to create basic change and reduce inequality.
“An 'anti-planner' of the planning profession, David agitated for change. Propelled by his reserved radicalism and an innate streak of defiance, he joined the social protests of the day: anti-war marches, fighting racism in Redfern's housing projects and stirring up professional practice.
“But then came burnout, the fall of government and the breakdown of relationships. Searching for answers, David crossed the globe to explore his spirituality in Asia, join a New Left group in San Francisco, and complete a PhD at Berkeley, before coming back to metropolitan planning in Sydney. A foray into higher education led to senior leadership roles at RMIT overseeing massive mergers and a financial crisis. But it was in spearheading educational ventures the world over he found the work he most enjoyed: combining education with urban strategy to form powerful learning cities.”
Join AIUS for a lively discussion with Emeritus Professor David Wilmoth, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University. David was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design and Construction at RMIT in charge of programs in planning, architecture, building and construction economics and interior architecture during his nearly 17 years at the university. Earlier in his career he was a Director of what is now DPIE (too many name changes to track back) after working at DURD which younger members will recognise as the Department of Urban and Regional Development in the Whitlam government.
David Wilmoth former Deputy Vice-Chancellor RMIT University
Michael Neustein, Chairman AIUS NSW
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