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 win elections or create new economies?
Investigating the theme Shaping Society, the 2018 Living Cities Forum invites attendees to a gathering of illustrious architects and global design thinkers. Building on the success of its inaugural 2017 program, the Forum will question the role of design in changing and bettering society. How do history, geography, climate and culture contribute to making a better city? Do generous buildings and thoughtful spaces make good citizens or encourage inclusive communities? And if not, precisely what are urban design and architecture good for?
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, founder of the think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today; Liam Young; and the youngest-ever Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Ryue Nishazawa of SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / S A N A A)
Join us for the second annual Living Cities Forum, a day-long gathering to explore immediate and enduring ideas.
Thursday July 26
8.30am to 5pm