The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced the second edition of the Living Cities Forum, this year to be headlined by celebrated architect Carme Pinós.

This year’s theme of ‘Shaping Society’ will extend the conversation by exploring the forces that form our cities—examining Melbourne’s changing urban landscape and design’s potential as a catalyst. Featuring architect and MPavilion 2018 designer Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós (Barcelona), along with a select group of international experts the forum will take place on 26 July 2018 supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria.

According to Naomi Milgrom, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation who initiated the forum, “It’s wonderful to see the Living Cities Forum take place again in Melbourne. The forum investigates ideas around future cities­, and the social, economic and cultural role of great design. We are excited that Carme Pinós will bring a humanist and community approach to the discussion.”

Victorian minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says that, “Melbourne is the perfect case study for a conversation about how innovative design can shape community thinking and impact the way we live, connect and interact with each other."

"I look forward to welcoming our leading design thinkers to the world’s most liveable city to explore the role design can play in shaping our future – both globally and right here in our creative state,” he says.

Shaping Society extends the conversation from last year’s forum which focused on Melbourne’s official status as the ‘world’s most liveable city’ and the broader definition for what liveability might entail.

The forum promises to explore Melbourne’s changing urban landscape and how streets and spaces, buildings and places play an essential role in shaping society.

An awarded architect renowned for social services, Carme Pinós is celebrated for urban master plans, social housing, public works and educational facilities.

Widely recognised for redefining architecture and community, Pinós has garnered a worldwide appreciation in tandem with the rise of modern architecture in Barcelona increasingly growing in influence and reputation throughout Europe, South, Central and North America, and beyond.