Over the last century, much destruction has been wrought in the name of fixing Sydney’s traffic congestion. But in turn, vast residential tracts linked by motorways and little public transport have spawned suburban boredom, dead city centres, massive heritage destruction, urban sprawl and carbon pollution. In this timely talk, award-winning columnist, author and former Sydney City councillor Elizabeth Farrelly (Killing Sydney) argues that the antidote to congestion is not more sprawl but rather the buzz, throng and energy of proximity – connected communities where localism, pedestrian life and a sense of neighbourhood can thrive.

Elizabeth Farrelly (Australian)

Elizabeth Farrelly

Dr Elizabeth Farrelly is an award-winning columnist and author, and a regular commentator, broadcaster, blogger and critic on architecture, cities and the public mind. Trained in architecture and philosophy, she holds a PhD in urbanism from The University of Sydney and is a former associate professor at the University of NSW. As an independent Sydney City Councillor (1991-95) Elizabeth initiated Sydney’s first heritage and laneway protection policies, directed the East Circular Quay and Customs House projects and was inaugural chair of the Keating-initiated Australia Award for Urban Design (1998). Killing Sydney: The fight for a city's soul is her fifth book.

Jadey O’Regan (Australian)

Jadey O’Regan

Dr Jadey O'Regan facilitates the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice) program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. In 2014, she was awarded her PhD titled When I Grow Up: The Development of the Beach Boys' Sound, which analysed the development of the distinctive sound of the Beach Boys between 1962 and 1966. Her research has been published in the book Good Vibrations: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in Critical Perspective (Ed. Philip Lambert) and research has been presented both in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include the musical analysis of pop music, pop hooks, empirical musicology and music in the 1990s. She is also an established musician and songwriter, and a performing session musician across a variety of genres.