The next two weeks we will be highlighting the inspired thought leaders who will be speaking at Ecocity World Summit 2009.
Today: Paul Downton & Veysel Eroglu
Paul Downton, Ecopolis Architects, Adelaide, Australia – Convener, the Second International Ecocity Conference in Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Mr Paul Downton is Director and Principal Architect of Ecopolis Architects Pty Ltd. Working with his partner Cherie and colleague Emilis Prelgauskas in 1991 he formed Urban Ecology Australia, the national non-profit urban environmental community group which has been actively promoting ecological developments ever since. Paul is a talented artist as well as seminal thinker developing ecocity theory and giving countless public talks, radio, TV and newspaper interviews internationally on ecological architecture, urban ecology and ecopolis and unique experience actually building projects he designs. Paul and his partner Cherie were co-conveners of the Second International Ecocity Conference in Adelaide. Ecopolis Architects: http://www.ecopolis.com.au
Monday, December 14, 15:30-17:00 Session 4: Ecocity Architecture and Urban Design II
Veysel Eroglu, Minister of Environment and Forests, TURKEY
Mr. Eroglu is Member of Parliament for Afyonkarahisar of the ruling AKP. He graduated in civil engineering from Istanbul Technical University, going on to an academic career at the same university until becoming general director of the Istanbul water board in 1994. Here he is remembered for successfully modernizing and cleaning up the city’s water supply, which had previously been a victim of corruption and neglect.He became head of the State Hydraulic Works (DSI) in 2003, where again he supervised a program of investment for renewal. In the past, Eroglu campaigned for the position of the mayor of Istanbul from AKP. He was elected to the parliament in 2007, becoming minister of environment and forestry, where, as part of his duties, he will be responsible for Turkey’s strategy and approach to global warming.
Tuesday, December 15, 15:30-17:00 Session 4: Ecocity Future of Istanbul – Building the Future at the Crossroads of Civilizations