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Specialists in urban ecological architecture and design. Architects of Christie Walk ecocity development. National outreach.
Prize-winning architect, international speaker, professional writer on architecture, cities and the environment, Dr Paul Downton practices ecological architecture and consults on urban ecology. His wide practice experience includes public and private sector housing in Britain and Australia, and consulting to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His vision of ecological cities is supported by years of research and projects include keynote green buildings for Adelaide Zoo and the ANU. His internationally awarded Christie Walk development is widely published as an exemplar of sustainable urbanism and earned him the title of ‘neighbourhood pioneer’ from leading US architect Ross Chapin. Paul is a graduate from the Welsh School of Architecture, one of the UK’s leading schools (where one of his 1973 third year student projects was for an inner-city solar housing project). His doctorate is in environmental studies from the University of Adelaide and his background includes over 25 years teaching architecture, two in Jordan. In 1989 Paul founded Australia’s first community organisation focussed on climate change, in 1991 he was founding convener of not-for-profit Urban Ecology Australia, and in 2008 was South Australian finalist for Australian of the Year for his commitment to the community sector. Editor and primary author of the federal government’s ‘Your Home Technical Manual’, his ‘Ecopolis – Architecture and cities for a changing climate’ was flagship publication for Springer Press’ ‘Future City’ series, published in Australia by the CSIRO. Paul is internationally recognised as a leading theorist and practitioner of eco-city planning and is writing a series of e-books on ecocities with the first volume on ‘urban fractals’ to be published by the New Internationalist later this year.