The principle of forging a closer relationship between our academic partners and city official is better demonstrated in the seminar series focusing on the built environment. BESS is modeled on having an international thought leader present a provocative paper to a mixed audience of city officials, academics and post graduate students; a set of respondents comprising of our institutional partners as panelists and a facilitator to ignite the discussions has worked well at the previous seminar.

Built Environment Seminar 4 - Transportation Planning and the Built Environment

The links between transport and the built environment have received limited attention. Some researchers have claimed that public transport has barely improved over the last 17 years.  Is it true that transport planning has been dominated by the concern for the convenience of private motorists? Furthermore, the residential densities do not necessary support the sustainability of public transportation, specifically rail, in eThekwini. Are we convinced that the secret to unlocking many of the challenges lies predominantly in local government? Join us in this interesting seminar when we put these issues back on the table and focus on interventions that support the integration of rail in the city. MILE in partnership with UKZN hosted this seminatr on 23rd May 2012.

Built Environment Seminar 3 - Chance2Sustain
Imagine Durban, The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) hosted the Chance2Sustain Seminar on 8th May 2012. The Chance2Sustain project is an EU funded initiative, which is led in South Africa, by UKZN’s School of Built Environment and Development Studies. It explores how governments and citizens in Indian, South African, Brazilian and Peruvian cities with differing patterns of economic growth make use of participatory spatial knowledge management to direct urban governance towards more sustainable development.

Built Environment Seminar 2 - The Implications of Climate Change For Managing the Built Environment

The 2nd Built Environment Seminar took place on 22 September 2011. The theme of this seminar related to “The Science of Climate Change” and provided a platform for academics and practitioners to reflect on the impacts of climate change and its implications for the city of Durban. The seminar was led by DUT supported by eThekwini Municipality in collaboration with UKZN

Built Environment Seminar 1- South Africa’s Built Environment : “What has been done? What more can be done?”

MILE in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal held its first Built Environment Seminar at the Durban Botanic Gardens Conference Centre on June 22, 2011. The theme of this seminar surrounded discussions and debates on spatial planning and aimed at providing a national perspective of what more we can do to redress apartheid spatial planning. The objective was to provide a common platform for institutional partners and city practitioners to discuss this matter given the mutual interest.

Learning Notes from these events can be found in the Multimedia Library