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    Open House Melbourne to host public discussion on future apartment standards

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    An independent public discussion is being organised as part of the Open House Melbourne Speaker Series to examine the Victorian Government's recently released Better Apartment Standards Discussion Paper.

    The Discussion Paper “weighs up housing needs, market demands and building standards with the aim of improving liveability and affordability.” (Richard Wynne, 2015). The key objective of the paper is to initiate a conversation with the public and industry stakeholders on establishing minimum standards for the design and development of apartments.

    To be hosted by Open House Melbourne in partnership with Stuart Harrison, Edwina Brisbane and Andy Fergus, the Open House Melbourne Speaker Series 2: Better Living Forum will feature a planner, a city maker, a developer, a policy maker, an architect, a commentator, a lawyer, an economist, a real estate agent and a resident, with the diverse group bringing forth different perspectives on apartment standards. Audience members will also get an opportunity to participate in the discussion through a facilitated Q&A.

    The Better Living Forum aims to encourage people to respond to the Better Apartment Standards Discussion Paper by the end of July.

    The Open House Melbourne Speaker Series 2: Better Living Forum will be held on Tuesday 21 July 2015 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne. Doors open at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start (8pm finish)

    Speakers include MC Stuart Harrison; Planner Colleen Peterson, Ratio Consultants; Developer David Waldren, Grocon; Lawyer Riad Yasmine, Maddocks; Commentator Michael Bleby, AFR; Economist Marcus Spiller, SGS Economics and Planning; and Architect Kerstin Thompson, KTA. More speakers will be announced soon.

    The Better Living Forum is organised by Stuart Harrison, Edwina Brisbane and Andy Fergus in partnership with Open House Melbourne.

    The Better Living Forum is supported by the Melbourne School of Design, Assemble and Assemble Papers, and the Robin Boyd Foundation.

    The Open House Melbourne Speaker Series is presented by ARBV.

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