The inaugural Living Cities Forum in Melbourne will bring together international architects and design experts to discuss what makes a city healthy and liveable.

To be held on Thursday 27 July at Deakin Edge, the day will be made up of two sessions. Both will be moderated by Andrew Mackenzie (a director of URO Publications), and will feature presentations from speakers from Melbourne, Rotterdam, London, Hong Kong, Barcelona and Los Angeles.

The morning session – ‘City Limits’ – will explore the major factors that define and enable a city to meet the needs and aspirations of its citizens. The role of technology, infrastructure, data and demography in understanding and designing a better city will be discussed.

Titled ‘City of People’, the afternoon session will investigate the tensions that exist between how cities grow, adapt and change to meet new circumstances, while protecting those qualities of a city that are critical to its identity and social form.

Speakers at Living Cities Forum 2017:

DavidGianotten-1.jpgDavid Gianotten

David Gianotten is the managing partner-architect of architecture firm OMA. He has overseen the design and construction of various projects, including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, the CIFCO building in Beijing, the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen, the New Museum for Western Australia, and MPavilion 2017



Benedetta-Tagliabue-Photo-by-Lluc-Miralles-2-1-copy.jpgBenedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue is an award-winning architect, a visiting professor of architecture, and Pritzker Prize jury member. As co-founder of the firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, she has produced the Scottish Parliament, the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, among others.




mzeiger.jpgMimi Zeiger

Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Architectural Review, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor.




Dan_Hill_kl.jpgDan Hill

Dan Hill is an associate director the global design and engineering firm, Arup. He is also head of Arup Digital Studio, an adjunct professor at RMIT University (Melbourne) and a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture (London).




MArissaYiu_timeout.jpgMarisa Yiu

Marisa Yiu is a writer, curator and architect – and founding partner of ESKYIU, a multi-disciplinary architecture studio based in Hong Kong whose works integrates culture, community, art and technology. Her work and writings have been published in A/D, Domus China, MIT’s thresholds, and Architectural Record, among others.



RoryHyde.jpgRory Hyde

Rory Hyde is curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Rory has worked in the Netherlands with Volume magazine, Al Manakh (Archis / AMO), MVRDV, the NAi, Viktor & Rolf and Mediamatic, and previously in Melbourne with BKK Architects.




AM-FB_B.jpgAndrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie is a director of URO Publications, and is a correspondent for the Australian Financial Review and the Saturday Newspaper – writing across art, design, architecture and urbanism. He is also a director of the architectural consultancy City Lab.




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