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    Can art and creativity help craft happier and smarter cities?

    Nathan Johnson

    This question will be at the forefront of discussion when a host of international experts on urban design, architecture and planning converge in Perth for the PUBLIC 2015 symposium in April.

    The symposium forms a part of PUBLIC 2015, an exhibition which brings together creative practitioners from all over the world in a bid to collaboratively transform urban neighbourhoods in Perth and other Western Australian regions with murals.  

    The event will feature keynotes from global voices on city planning including speeches from Indonesian Mayor of Bandung City and architect Ridwan Kamil, Columbia University’s Professor of Architecture, Dr. Geeta Mehta and Enrique PeƱalosa, Board President at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York.

    Other guests include an American user-generated urbanist, a Danish human-centred design researcher, a couple of Australian Aboriginal artists and a Finnish festival designer.

    Indonesian’s most well-known architect Ridwan Kamil will speak at the event. Above is an image of one of his projects, the Al-Irsyad Mosque, Bandung City. Image: Wikipedia.

    The symposium event will coincide with other events planned for PUBLIC 2015 like the mentioned neighbourhood mural artworks, as well as a series of labs, masterclasses and site tours around Perth. The entire PUBLIC 2015 will run from 10-19 April.

    Australian artist Ian Strange will return home for PUBLIC 2015 to attend and participate in the program. The above image is an example of his works: 'Corrinne Terrace' - Ian Strange, 2011, Archival digital print, Selected work from 'SUBURBAN’

    The symposium will take place at the State Theatre Centre, WA from April 15-17 with tickets costing $670 for standard 3-Day tickets or $570 if you’re a FORM member.

    A full list of speakers and event details can be found here:

     

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