CityTalks is a series of events which aim to spark ideas and innovation for Hobart's future. Through a series of webinars and public events, these conversations will focus on how we, as a community, can build back better post COVID-19.
CityTalks is a partnership between the City of Hobart and the University of Tasmania. The public events focus on a topic relevant to our city environment and feature community leaders, international and national keynote speakers followed by a panel discussion.
These events aim to provide a platform for conversations to take place; conversations that build connections, allow for an exchange of ideas and inspire a vision for our future.
Stay tuned for more events in the series.
Watch previous CityTalks
See below for recordings of previous CityTalks webinars.
Future Proofing Hobart: Community responses to crisis
Wednesday 6 July 2022
This CityTalks conversation examined the increase in community-led responses to local crises as witnessed in the recent floods, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our expert panel explored how we can future-proof our urban environment in response to these new and emerging threats, while learning about the role of the community in times of crisis.
Future Hobart: Cool, connected and climate ready?
Wednesday 16 March 2022
This CityTalks conversation focused on how to design a resilient city through climate adaption strategies and the increase of green infrastructure.
The expert panel explored the threats and opportunities for warming cities and discuss the benefits of connecting back to nature to plan for a cooler, more enjoyable and connected urban environment.
Exploring Hobart's Antarctic Future
Wednesday 26 October 2021
A conversation about Hobart's vital relationship with Antarctica.
How does Hobart's unique role as one of the five Antarctic Gateway cities influence its urban identity and future city shaping policies? This CityTalks conversation unpacks how Hobart's future is shaped by its strong connection and global stewardship role in Antarctica.
Hobart at a Crossroad: Can we be a small city with big transport choices?
Thursday 17 June 2021
As Hobart continues to grow, it also faces greater opportunities to deliver real transport choices.
Special guest The Hon Malcolm Turnbull AC, 29th Prime Minister of Australia, joined the panel discussion to explore how small cities can create inclusive and sustainable transport options for the future.
Sprawl and crawl? Or a comfortably compact Hobart?
Wednesday 24 March 2021
Leading Australian planner Greg Vann and a panel of experts discussed the economic and social impacts of urban density and suburban sprawl.
Power of Preservation: The economic value heritage creates for Hobart
Monday 16 November 2020
Global expert in heritage economics, Donovan Rypkema and a panel of experts discussed the value of Hobart's heritage – how reusing heritage buildings and protecting streetscapes is the smart way to develop.
Street Smart: How cities are reshaping their streets in response to COVID-19
Wednesday 16 September 2020
Guest speaker Skye Duncan, Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, at the National Association of City Transportation Officials, joined a panel discussion to explore the opportunities and challenges of creating safe, liveable and sustainable city streets and urban spaces.