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.

I was co-winner of an Environmental Journalism Award with Gar Smith, editor of the Earth Island Journal (Berkeley, 1992).

Commissioned works include several pieces for Artlink magazine  and a ‘provocation’ called  Sea Wall (Chapter 43 of Urban Planet, Cambridge University Press 2018)

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.