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    Learn how to build ecological cities from the people who created an actual piece of ecological city.


    The Ecocity Design Institute offers on-line courses in ecological city design along with keynote presentations and consultancy by world leading ecocity architect, theorist and practitioner, Dr Paul Downton.


    Our team pioneered the legendary Halifax EcoCity Project which led to the realisation of the influential Christie Walk ecocity project in downtown Adelaide, South Australia.


    Enhance your learning and skills and gain a professional advantage with our courses, based on decades of university expertise and real world experience.


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    The Halifax Ecocity Project was a proposal for a 2.4 hectare site in the heart of Adelaide. Though never realised, it generated sustained international interest and was accepted by the UN as an example of Best Practice for exhibition at Habitat II: The United Nations City Summit in Istanbul in 1996.  


    Paul Downton is author of many publications and articles. His seminal work Ecopolis: Architecture and cities for a changing climate was published in 2009, with a Chinese edition in preparation. 


    Christie Walk is a model ecological cohousing development in central Adelaide, Australia. It consists of 27 dwellings on a 2,000 square metre site. Designed by architect Paul Downton and completed in 2006, it has won international awards and been featured as a case study in the Australian government's technical guide to sustainable building.