SafeGrowth and City Crime - Co-Design, Eco-Parks, Funky Laneways and Fixing Deadzones

24 January 2011

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The Sydney Institute of Criminology is hosting a one-day workshop titled, SafeGrowth and City Crime - Co-Design, Eco-Parks, Funky Laneways and Fixing Deadzones on Monday 24 January 2011. This interactive workshop will explore crime in cities, will challenge participants to develop realistic and practical strategies from ideas of speakers and from each other and will seek to highlight some inclusive strategies to prevent crime in cities. We expect that the event will be of great interest to:

  • Local government staff (planners, crime prevention/community safety, place management, etc.)
  • Planners
  • Urban designers
  • Architects
  • Police
  • Criminologists
  • Crime prevention practitioners

This event will be facilitated by two high profile experts with significant international experience and reputations. Greg Saville and Wendy Sarkissian will facilitate workshops and deliver presentations through this one-day event. Information about these exciting facilitators is provided below:

Gregory Saville is co-owner of AlterNation, an international firm specialising in safer neighbourhoods and helping change agents transform their communities. He is a criminologist and urban planner who consults and trains SafeGrowth, community development and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).After ten years as a police officer in the Toronto area he founded Canada's first planning firm to specialise in CPTED and in 1996 co-founded of the International CPTED Association. He has taught and consulted in CPTED and safer environments around the world with Wendy Sarkissian, planners and architects of the Sydney 2000 Olypmics.In 2007 he developed a new urban planning process for sustaining safer neighborhoods called SafeGrowth. Later that year he launched the program at the United Nations Habitat program in Santiago, Chile and has since implemented it in cities in Canada and across the U.S. with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation from New York.He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design and worked as research professor in the National Security Program at the University of New Haven, in partnership with the US Sandia National Laboratories regarding protecting critical infrastructure.

Wendy Sarkissian was initially trained as an educator, she holds a Masters of Arts in literature, a Master of Town Planning and a PhD in environmental ethics. Building a career as a social planning consultant, she has pioneered innovative planning and development approaches in an astonishing variety of contexts. This work has earned her forty professional awards. She has worked with senior managers and advisors to government departments and private enterprise, primarily in the urban, community, housing and development sectors. Widely regarded as a leader in her profession and acclaimed as a humorous and thought-provoking speaker, Dr Sarkissian is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Member of the International Board of Global Urban Development. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Sustainable Development, Bond University and a Member of the School of Sustainable Development Academic Advisory Panel. From 2006 to 2008 she was Adjunct Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Wendy has served on Boards in South Australia and Queensland and is the award-winning author of six books on housing and community engagement. Three new books on sustainability and community engagement are forthcoming in 2008 and 2009 from Earthscan Publishers, London.

Interspersed throughout the day will be short, engaging presentations from experts covering various disciplines and focused on various issues relevant to the exploration of crime in cities. The final list of guest speakers will be finalised in the coming weeks. Speakers will cover the following topics:

  • The night-time economy
  • Graffiti
  • Public art
  • Homelessness
  • Integrated planning and policy development

Registration fee

Full fee: $220 (inc GST)
F/T student: $150 (inc GST)
University of Sydney staff: $176 (inc GST)
Sydney Law School alumni: $176 (inc GST)


9:30amOpening Remarks - Garner Clancey (Sydney Institute of Criminology)
9:40Building a Stronger and Safer City (Ann Hoban, Director City Culture and Community, City of Sydney)
10:101st and 2nd Generation CPTED (Greg Saville)
11:00Morning Tea
11:20Case Study: Shall we Dense? (Adam Haddow, SJB Architects and Simon McPherson, SJB Urban)
11:50The Future of Neighbourhood Safety (Greg Saville and Wendy Sarkissian)
12:35Case Study: Graffiti (Kurt Iveson, University of Sydney and Cameron McAuliffe, Human Geographer) and Integrated Physical and Social Planning (David Lilley, Housing NSW)
2:15SafeGrowth in Action (Wendy Sarkissian and Greg Saville)
3:15Case Study: Night-time Economy (Stephen Tomsen, University of Western Sydney) and Illumination (Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Smart Light Sydney)
4:00Group Exercise (Greg Saville and Wendy Sarkissian)
4:45Melbourne's Policy for the 24 Hour City - a paradigm shift inthe City of Melbourne's approach to managing the city at night (Anne Malloch, Team Leader City Issues, Community Safety & Wellbeing, City of Melbourne)
5:10pmBringing it Together - (Greg Saville and Wendy Sarkissian)
5:30pmClosing Remarks - Garner Clancey (Sydney Institute of Criminology)

This workshop has been made possible through our sponsors the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General and SJB Urban.

Time: 9.30am-5.30pm

Location: Sydney Law School

Cost: See registration fees above

Contact: Events Co-ordinator

Phone: 02 9351 0248

Email: 2a1321565044573e0535723208135a0f1777002c0d052634