UR{BNE} Films–Paul Songhurst

The annual UR{BNE} Films event returns to SLQ to explore the question ‘what are we losing in the growth of our cities?’. Three panelists will take to the stage to respond to this question in a PechaKucha-style presentation, followed by a screening of feature documentary, The City Dark (83mins).

Today we profile panelist Paul Songhurst, Public Space Planner, Brisbane City Council. Paul will present on the topic of  ‘Losing our sense of style’ at the event.

Paul talked to recently talked to Volunteering Queensland about his work as a landscape architect and with a group called YES (Youth Environment Society). Here is some of what he had to share…

Paul is currently pursuing his interest in the “interaction (or collision) between people and the natural environment” working as a landscape architect, which gives him the opportunity to work on “a range of projects that are beneficial environmentally, socially and culturally”.

This passion also inspires Paul to coordinate a youth-focused environmental organisation/network/project called Youth Environment Society (YES), whose mission is “to inform, inspire and empower young people to make positive change regarding our environment, both natural and cultural”, which closely links to Paul’s personal vision.

In his role with YES Paul works in an advisory capacity to state and local government regarding issues of biodiversity, accessibility, sustainability, environment and natural resources and regional planning issues. In the past he has facilitated and coordinated a number of interesting projects that would generally fall into the realm of “creative responses to environmental concerns”.

Paul’s inspiration is ultimately derived from an “optimistic outlook on life and the world around us… I see the work of community collectives as being incredibly important for the community” Paul states.

If he considered himself to be a ‘community leader’, Paul would say his major achievements have been producing “creative responses to environmental and social concerns” through various projects with YES and Brisbane City Council’s Visible Ink program.

“YES was effectively formed with the aim to respond creatively to a wide array of ‘environmental’ concerns. In looking at certain environmental concerns, such as air pollution, land degradation, erosion, salinity, habitat loss, resource consumption and so on, one can start with traditional responses to environmental concerns such as tree planting and similar hands-on responses. It was identified early on that there is a significant contingent tackling such responses and it was an aim of YES to look at different ways to create positive change for our environment and in doing so, involve a wide array of young people in our community, often those that would not be directly involved in such things as tree-planting and the like.”

Appearing alongside Paul will be Tobias Volbert,  Landscape Architect and founder  7 Senses Foundation on the topic of ’Losing our human senses’ and Sonia Kirby, Director and Founder, Establish Consulting on ’Losing our sense of wonder’.

Event details
Date         Sunday 30 March
Time         4pm-6pm
Venue      Auditorium 1 and QLD Terrace, Level 2, SLQ
Tickets     Free, bookings through Eventbrite

UR{BNE} films is part of the UR{BNE} Festival program which explores urban design, architecture, public spaces and the collaborative design process.

Presented by SLQ’s SLiQ Flicks and Asia Pacific Design Library in support of the UR{BNE} Festival.