The Living Cities Forum returns on 26th July 2018—an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which commissions each MPavilion—exploring the role of design, planning and architecture in shaping our society.


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?

This year’s forum theme, ‘Shaping Society’, extends the conversation beyond 2017's 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—including MPavilion 2018 architect, the eminent humanist Carme Pinós—who together will demonstrate how design can provide space for empathy, understanding and cooperation within the city.


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