Six teams will unveil their designs for Beulah International’s Southbank development at the public ‘Future Cities’ symposium, to be held on Friday 27 July.

The symposium will be the first glimpse into the transformation of the $2 billion Southbank site into a mixed-use lifestyle precinct. 

The six international firms to present include MAD Architects, MVRDV, OMA, UNStudio, Bjarke Ingels Group and Coop Himmelb(l)au alongside Australian firms Fender Katsalidis Architects, Architectus, Elenberg Fraser, Woods Bagot, Cox Architecture and Conrad Gargett.

The overarching theme of the symposium is ‘Future Cities.’ As the population grows and lifestyles change and evolve, so too does the need for considered development that is designed for current and future generations. A focus of the symposium will be discussing how architects, designers and engineers play an ever-important role in being able to shape communities and optimise lifestyles.

Each of the six teams will have 20 minutes to present their concept to the audience as well as their vision and thoughts on ‘Future Cities’, with the winning design ultimately changing Melbourne’s skyline forever, says developer Beulah International. 

Confirmed speakers include Brian Yang Partner of Bjarke Ingels Group, Wolf. D Prix co-founder of Coop Himmelb(l)au, Ma Yansong founder of MAD Architects, Winy Maas co-founder of MVRDV, David Gianotten Managing Partner-Architect of OMA and Caroline Bos co-founder of UNStudio.

The ‘Future Cities’ Symposium will be held at 400 City Road Southbank from 1pm-4pm on Friday July 27. 

Tickets are now available for purchase.

The winning design will be announced in early August.