Vancouver, Canada

About Sam Bowstead

Creative, committed and humble, Sam Bowstead, architect in the making. He has worked on numerous residential and Aboriginal community projects across Eastern Australia and Fiji. He gained his bachelors in architectural design from the University of Queensland and Technische Universität Berlin and is currently doing his masters at UQ and the University of British Columbia. Advocating passionately for architectural and urban design-based solutions to climate change, Sam writes about cities, design, and development. His recent experiences include working on relief projects after the 2011 floods in Queensland as part of Emergency Architects Australia, and later in researching how design and architecture interact with climate change policy. Sam is colour-blind, but he sees more nuance in shades of grey than any person we've met.

Latest from Sam Bowstead

The Real Rio: They Don’t Care About Us

Sam Bowstead | June 23rd, 2012

One of Michael Jackson’s most famous songs was the 1995 “They Don’t Care About Us”.  The music video became a sensation featuring panoramic shots set in Rio de Janeiro and importantly, of him dancing

Small Business at Rio+20

Sam Bowstead | June 22nd, 2012

The UN Conference of Sustainable Development is the largest yet with over 50,000 participants from government, civil society, and the media. But where are the small businesses? Having worked in

Bigger or Smaller, What’s Better?

Sam Bowstead | June 21st, 2012

Every second day seems to be in recognition of something or the beginning of another conference. What makes Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development any different? The UN regularly organises meetings

Cities: Social Time-Bombs

Sam Bowstead | June 20th, 2012

“Cities are magnets. Cities are also social time-bombs.” A panel of ten leading built environment experts met, on Monday June 18, to discuss the vital issues for our world’s burgeoning

Cities and the Problems with Concrete Jungles

Sam Bowstead | June 19th, 2012

Rio de Janeiro is a big city, and this week sustainable cities is the conversation topic of choice. Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, will bring over 50,000 people from