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Visiting Professor to talk eco design in Tasmania

Professor Chris Ryan from Melbourne University will visit Tasmania later this month to deliver a series of workshops and lectures on eco-design.

Professor Ryan is well regarded in Australia and overseas as an experienced practitioner and advocate of eco-design.

Maree Bakker, the EPA Division’s Community Sustainability Officer said Professor Ryan’s visit is a chance to explore a range of topics, such as ‘business as usual is not a future option’; and ‘we are facing an industrial revolution like we have never seen’.

"Increasingly, he is also an advocate for redesigning business, reassessing life-styles and revaluing natural and social capital," Maree said.

Chris Ryan has worked for more than 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and design. He has worked in projects that span the community sector, business, academia, government and international agencies in Australia and overseas.

His extensive work includes Directing the National EcoReDesign program and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab. He is joint editor of the UNEP Global Guide to Design for Sustainability (D4S). In 2008-9 he was Chair of the Premiers Design Award in Victoria. His industry work includes projects for Electrolux, Volvo, Fletcher Constructions, Schiavello Systems Furniture and the Transurban group.

To date, his work has advocated reducing the environmental impact of existing goods and services. Increasingly, he is also calling on designers to "re-organise systems, to redefine desirable life-styles, to revalue natural and social capital, rethink the satisfaction of human needs and to re-design business and zero-carbon products and services".

There are limited places for practitioners in architecture/product design/manufacture in both Hobart and Launceston for ‘hands-on’ workshops with Chris Ryan.

Public Lecture Details

Professor Chris Ryan

EcoAcupuncture: The central new role for EcoDesign in the next 25 years

Free public lecture: 22 September 2011 at 7pm

Dechaineux Lecture Theatre (Tasmanian School Of Art)

Hunter Street, Hobart

Eco-Design, Innovation and Practicalities: Conversations with Tanya Ha and Chris Ryan

Tanya and Chris will present a stimulating and interesting evening with plenty of opportunities for the audience to be involved.

Tanya Ha is a writer, television presenter, environmentalist and an internationally recognised sustainable living advocate, best known as the author of the acclaimed eco-guide book 'Greeniology' and a media commentator on environmental issues.

Chris Ryan has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology and environmental policy and design, and in projects that span the community sector, academia, government, international agencies, and business.

When: 6.30pm (for 7.00pm) to 9.00pm

Where: Rory Spence - VOS Construction Lecture Theatre, UTAS School of Architecture & Design, Launceston