Living Cities Forum 2018
If it can be said that political, economic, technological and social forces shape our cities and streets, buildings and places, is the inverse also true? Can we shape these larger forces through architecture and urban design? Do generous buildings and thoughtful spaces make good citizens or encourage inclusive communities? Can architecture influence elections or create new economies?
The Living Cities Forum is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria and is presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in partnership with Open House Melbourne with the assistance of Melbourne School of Design, Monash University, RMIT University, Australian Institute of Architects and Planning Institute of Australia.
This year’s Forum theme, ‘Shaping Society,’ extends the conversation beyond the 2017 focus on ‘liveability’ to explore how design contributes to social wellbeing and urban transformation. At its core, the theme suggests that how people engage with designed urban spaces influences social behaviour, realities and expectations.
With its foundation set in the context of Melbourne’s changing urban landscape, this year’s forum features a select group of internationally recognised urban thinkers: MPavilion 2018 architect and eminent humanist Carme Pinós, sociologist and urban thinker Saskia Sassen, Jane Hall and Audrey Thomas-Hayes of UK creative collective Assemble, Nicholas Lobo Brennan of London's Apparata Architects, and founder of the think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, Liam Young.
Join us for the second annual Living Cities Forum, a day-long gathering to explore immediate and enduring ideas.