International SEEDS Conference accepts North Arm Cove Initiative paper for presentation

The original plans for ‘Port Stephens City’ (North Arm Cove) which the Initiative draws on for inspiration. Photo: National Archives of Australia.

THE North Arm Cove Initiative will this month be presented at the SEEDS Conference 2022 in England.

This year’s conference invites papers from across the world that fit the theme for the International Conference for Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society: ‘Sustainability Across the Built and Natural Environments’.

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The International SEEDS Conference will bring together experts from around the world focusing on a sustainability agenda and the positive and detrimental changes that are taking place.

As well as addressing technical issues, measuring, monitoring and evaluating change, emphasis is placed on the environment, infrastructure and buildings; how they exist in relative isolation and the possibilities for sustainable integration.

The SEEDS Conference addresses the interdependence of people, the built and natural environments, and recognises the interdisciplinary and international themes necessary to assemble the knowledge required for positive change.

The North Arm Cove Initiative paper is being presented by Dejan Simovic and Tatjana Djuric-Simovic of Desim-R&D.

“There are two main areas of our research: past and future,” Dejan said

“The paper describes the ongoing project of ‘recycling’ the plans prepared by Walter Burley Griffin a century ago, and creating an innovative precinct, based on Circular Economy through innovative, collaborative ways of doing urban planning,” he said.

North Arm Cove’s paper presents the current state of the project and the results as of April 2022.

“Key aspects of future planning and delivery of the North Arm Cove precinct should be collaborative, comprising inclusive planning and governance, in line with a transition to Circular Economy.

“The new framework proposes continuous collaboration between research, industry, and community through the Sustainability Research Centre hub, that would define and govern the delivery of measurable outcomes on three bottom lines – social, environmental and economic – but also innovation/technology and aesthetics,” Dejan said.

Additionally, the paper discusses the sustainable, regenerative precinct for a smart and resilient community, meaningful community participation in planning and governance and the circular supply chain for an urban community.

The conference begins on 31 August and continues until 2 September 2022 at the University of the West England, Bristol, and online with more details available at


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