Sustainable Cities and Landscapes

Rethinking the City- APRU Sustainability Hub from International Ducks on Vimeo.

The University of Oregon, an international leader in sustainable urban design and landscape planning through its renowned Sustainable Cities Initiative and its Department of Landscape Architecture, is hosting the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Research Hub. The Hub aims to engage with cross-disciplinary experts, government officials and non-governmental organisations to consider Pacific Rim cities in the context of their many landscape interdependencies, including services, networks and systems within and beyond the urban periphery.  It will harness the breadth of experiences and socio-ecological contexts across the Pacific Rim to compare existing practices and models of city-landscape interactions, and to initiate solutions and policy interventions to make entire city-landscape complexes more sustainable.

2018 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference

2018 Conference

The second APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes 2018 Conference, hosted by The University of Hong Kong (6-9 September 2018), provided a forum for more than 110 researchers, educators, students and practitioners, (representing 44 universities and government / NGO agencies around the Pacific Rim) to explore and develop new understandings and to collaborate on research-based responses to chronic and severe sustainability issues relating to cities and landscapes.

APRU Inaugural Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Design Field School

Thirteen selected international students from APRU's member universities participated in a two-week design field school in Indonesia led by HKU faculty staff and local partners, from August 27 to September 9, prior to the commencement of 2018 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference.

The school explored the uncertain landscape complexities caused by urbanization through examining a recent study that focused on the rapid modernization of landscapes and communities in East Java. A group presentation was given by the students during the conference's dinner, addressing topics on eco-tourism, Gundih village, and marine debris in Indonesia.

Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference

Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference
7-8 November 2018: UNSW Sydney, Australia

How can vulnerable, low-income neighborhoods in fast-growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region become more resilient to disasters and climate change?


Asia Pacific is one of the world’s fastest urbanizing regions, as well as home to the largest number of people living in low-income settlements. Yet, the region is susceptible to a wide range of natural hazards. It is expected that climate change will contribute to higher sea-level rise, stronger windstorms and higher temperatures, increasing urban risk and exacerbating migration. 

This two-day conference invites practitioners, researchers and decision-makers from all disciplines to present, discuss, debate and recommend realizable social, political and economic measures that build resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Please see the list of speakers here.

The 7th Annual EPIC Network Conference

April 8-11, 2018: University of Wisconsin- Madison (USA)

Partnering Higher Education and Communities to Improve the Places We Live.

The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N) is pleased to invite university representatives, city officials and organizational partners to our Seventh Annual Conference. The EPIC model offers a proven, replicable and sustainable locally-based model, and our network represents more than 25 existing programs implementing this model.

2017 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference

The inaugural APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes (SCL) Conference was hosted by the University of Oregon (UO) at White Stag Building in Portland, Oregon, from September 15-17, 2017. The purpose of this conference, aligning with the goals of APRU SCL, was to provide opportunities for experts from different regions, cultures, and disciplines to collaborate on local and global challenges across the Pacific Rim which will lead to transformative on-the-ground changes between cities and their surrounding landscapes. We encouraged the participants to not only engage in knowledge creation and education, but also serve as problem-solvers, innovators, connectors, and agents of change.

6th Annual EPIC-N Conference and Workshop 

March 20-22, 2017: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (USA)

The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) framework is a unique, highly scaled university-community partnership program.

It takes advantage of the time and talent of universities to help communities accelerate and advance their own socially and environmentally forward-looking goals.  Originally developed at the University of Oregon, there are now over 25 EPIC programs, demonstrating the ability of this model to be adapted for different university and community contexts.

The 6th Annual EPIC-N Conference and Workshop is the signature workshop and training conference, combining those seeking to start a new program with representatives from existing EPIC programs sharing their insights and strategies to continuously improve the effectiveness of the EPIC approach. For new participants, the goal of the workshop is to help them leave with tangible action items, if not the beginnings of an actual partnership itself.

Information about the conference and the EPIC model can be found here: or here: