The Sustainable Shine Dome: Envisioning Sustainable Futures for Heritage

source: Australian Academy of Science

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  • Welcome and introductions

Session 1

  • The Sustainable Shine Dome Project (00:10:29)
  • Introduction to the Sustainable Shine Dome Project, Professor Michael Jasper (00:11:18)
  • Findings So Far the Next Steps Towards Zero, Tai Hollingsbee (00:19:00)
  • The Dome: An Iconic Home for Science, Professor Hans Bachor AM FAA (00:30:03)
  • Quantifying Embodying Energy in Historic Buildings, Dr Caroline Noller (00:40:40)
  • Audience Q&A (01:05:51)

Session 2

  • Case Studies for Sustainability Practices in Heritage in Australia (01:17:34)
  • Marrickville Library: Adaptation and Sustainability, Catherine Forbes (01:18:26)
  • Canberra Modern: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Rachel Jackson (01:31:31)
  • Old Parliament House: Environmentally Sustainable Heritage Practices, Emma Gwynn (01:49:43)


  • Response by Susan Macdonald (02:03:06)
  • Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A (02:12:55)


  • Closing remarks (02:27:24)

About this event

The University of Canberra has partnered with the Academy of Science, GML Heritage and GHD Engineering, to develop an innovative sustainability plan for a net-zero emissions future for the National Heritage Listed Canberra landmark, the Shine Dome.

The multidisciplinary research team led by Michael Jasper, Professor of Architecture, and Tracy Ireland, Professor of Cultural Heritage, will investigate innovative approaches to ensure progressive energy and emissions reductions that contribute to the future protection and promotion of the Shine Dome’s unique heritage values. As part of this project, there will be a series of Workshops and Symposia that aim to build a conversation around heritage values and sustainability.

To kick off the series, please join us on Friday 4 December in a hybrid (in person and online) symposium to begin the conversation on sustainable heritage futures. Featuring local and international experts, including the Getty’s Susan Macdonald and Dr Caroline Noller of the Footprint Company, the symposium will introduce the Sustainable Shine Dome project, explore the Shine Dome’s heritage values, and then examine case studies of sustainability and heritage places.

Date: Friday 4 December 2020

Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm (+ networking opportunity to follow)

Venue: Online and at the Shine Dome (limited in-person registrations available)

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