Industrial (R)evolution Symposium

Industrial (R)evolution Symposium

  • 4 July 2022, 9.30am – 4pm
  • Please note this symposium is on Monday 4 July 10am to 4pm local time in Prato, Italy

  • Monash University Prato Centre
    Via Pugliesi, 26, 59100 Prato

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A collaborative one-day symposium hosted by Monash University, Melbourne and University of the Arts London

As developed countries grapple with ways to de-industrialise their economies and transition their urban realms, the shift from manufacturing to a range of knowledge industries based on advanced technologies transforms our cities. This not only impacts the way we work and interact, but also manifests itself through the reinvention of our industrial built fabric. Yet the resulting renewal of post-industrial precincts can lead to urban redevelopment that is extractive and exploitative - disrupting and displacing existing communities and replacing them with homogenous residential development.

This Symposium will explore how the regeneration of industrial areas can contribute more productively to society; generating public value and creating new inclusive economies which benefit communities through access to employment, training, housing, public spaces and infrastructure.

Creative practitioners and researchers from London, Melbourne and Florence will present contemporary examples of adaptive re-use of industrial areas where design-led engagement and co-creative practice become vehicles for social innovation. They will discuss the social, spatial, and technological possibilities of through a range of case study projects and creative enterprises with a focus on experimental and alternative methods and inclusive and sustainable practices.


Alex Warnock Smith - Founding Director of Urban Projects Bureau, a multi-disciplinary design and research practice specialising in architecture, urbanism, spatial strategy and design, and Programme Director of Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins.

Valerio Barberis-  Deputy Mayor of Urban Planning, Environment and Circular Economy. Professor and researcher at the Department of Architectural Design at the University of Florence. Coordinator of the Partnership on Circular Economy (IT) for the EU Urban Agenda and co-founder MDU Architetti.

Mel DoddArchitect and academic, currently Professor and Head of Department of Architecture, Monash University and Director of Urban Lab, undertaking practice based research which explores co-design for place-making.

Stephanie Sherman - Design director, strategist, writer and producer working across urbanism, technology and culture - reprogramming outmoded systems as collaborative platforms.  Currently Course Leader MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martin's and founder of Radio Espacio Estacion (

Dario Marmo – Associate and Project Manager at LAMA, a social enterprise established in 2007 and Founders of Impact Hub Firenze, and Made in Manifattura, which manages the temporary use of spaces at Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence

Diana Ibanez Lopez – MA Cities Programme at Central Saint Martins, Diana was Senior Curator and co-Artistic Director for architecture and built environment projects at Create London, an arts organisation dedicated to making projects that are useful to society in collaboration with communities, artists and local authorities.

Lee-Anne Khor – An architectural academic and practitioner in Urban Lab at Monash University, working with industry and government partners to develop design models for more affordable, sustainable housing and urban precincts.

Rutger Pasman - Design practitioner, researcher and educator with a particular interest in urban infrastructure and public realm design, specialising in the development of multi-scalar drawing techniques and the interrogation of complex urban systems.

David Fanfani -  Explores cross-disciplinary, bio-regional, coevolutionary relations between urban and rural domains. Currently Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, DiDA, University of Florence and Chief Editor of Contesti. Città, Territori e Progetti.

Antonella Bruzzese – architect and urban planner, Associate Professor at DAStU, Politecnico of Milano, and former City Councilor in Urban Planning at District 3 of Milan, she examines urban design in relation to urban policies and participatory practices focusing on public space and place-making strategies.

Anna-Caterina Piras – An architect and landscape architect and cartographer, co-founder of Landworks Sardinia, a program to revitalize abandoned UNESCO heritage and urban neglected sites, and Founder and Scientific Coordinator of LWCircus the Italian/Mexican Operative Program based on social practices.

Justin Mallia -  Practicing architect and PhD candidate at Monash University. Involved with built projects of diverse scope and scale, theoretical works, research, teaching and writing. Founder Justin Mallia Architecture, an internationally awarded and published collaborative studio based in Australia and Italy.

Francesco Alberti - Associate Professor of Urban Planning, DiDA, University of Florence, focusing on the cultural coherence and operational continuity between research and education about the city and the territory. Coordinator of the research unit SUP&R and co-founder of Urban LIFE.

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