The Tropics is home to nearly half the world’s population, has rapid population growth forecast, and significant economic and social inequality challenges. TUDLab's focus is on developing research and design capability in areas related to urbanisation in the Tropics.
We assist the development industry, governments and non-government organisations by providing the most effective and appropriate solutions for urban areas to address the key challenges facing the tropical world. We pull together the capacity and multidisciplinary expertise of James Cook University research through links to local governments and industry. This way, we engage with industry and bridge academic knowledge and real-world planning and design endeavours.
Roger Mainwood, Principal at TPG Architects , has been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor at JCU. Roger is currently leading the review of the Cairns CBD and Esplanade Masterplan and consulted for Council on the Cairns City Height and Impact Study, leading to the national award winning Tropical Urbanism Policy.