This is my WRITER bio
I’ve written dozens of published non-fiction magazine articles, book chapters, academic and conference papers over the years and one magnum opus Ecopolis – Architecture and cities for a changing climate, published by Springer and the CSIRO in 2009.
My publishing history includes brief pieces in magazines (eg., Kangaroo Avenue in Raise the Stakes, Shasta Bioregion circa 1989), a booklet containing a short story as part of community engagement exercise in a major urban design project (Whyalla – Why not? Adelaide, 1996) and two self-published books of poetry that appear to have been written by my dog (The Carrum Doggerel Collection 2019 and Beach Buddies, Carrum, 2020).
My first piece of published fiction was a short story for a university student newspaper about a group of young ecology activists being white-anted (UWIST, Cardiff 1975).
I wrote (with Chérie Hoyle) and drew Supersheep a ‘political’ comic strip for the radical Welsh magazine Arcade: Wales Fortnightly back in the early 1980s.
I worked professionally as an editor and contributing author of the third edition of the Your Home Technical Manual of Residential Design for the Australian Greenhouse Office (Australian Federal Government, 2005 – 2006) and was editor & principal author for the completely revised fourth edition of Your Home for the Department of Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts (Australian Federal Government, 2007 – 2008)
In 2018 and 2020 I served on the international executive judging committee for the Stories of The Nature of Cities (New York).
I’ve been an invited speaker on architecture, urbanism and climate change on 6 continents and these days I write a lot of fiction and poetry in addition to non-fiction – search for Downton at The Nature of Cities for many of my best articles.