Planning Wild Cities: Panel Discussion & Online Book Launch

What does it mean to be 'wild' in the 21st century? Join us for the launch of Planning Wild Cities by RMIT's Associate Professor Wendy Steele.

What kind of urban futures are we planning? 

From its earliest conception, planning has sought to correct harms arising from living in cities and to advance a better quality of life for urban residents. The purpose of urban and environmental planning was considered to be (at least in part) an instrument of social reform, closely associated with strong reformist ideals around improving human misery and squalor. 

This book offers a critical exploration of the challenges of planning wild cities within the contemporary urban age. In doing so it considers the nature, role and potential of planning in a climate of change; and whether or not wild cities can - or indeed should - be tamed.

Hosted by the RMIT Centre for Urban Research, please join us for this interdisciplinary discussion focused on the following two key provocations:

  • What does it mean to be 'wild' in the 21st century?
  • What does this mean for planning wild cities in climate change?


  • Libby Porter, RMIT University (Urban Planning)


  • Ashley Dawson, The City University, NY (Environmental Humanities)

Book Launch: 

  • Jago Dodson, RMIT University (Urban Studies)
  • Wendy Steele, RMIT University (Urban Planning)


  • Kristen Lyons, University of Queensland (Sociology)
  • Helene Frichot, University of Melbourne (Architecture)
  • Jonathan Metzger, KTH Royal Institute, Sweden (Planning)
  • Lauren Rickards, RMIT University (Geography)

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