Housing Futures forum set for July 31st

The National Gallery of Victoria's Clemenger BBDO Auditorium is set to host the inaugural Housing Futures forum which is designed to gather a select group of industry professionals in order to explore/speculate on the future or residential architecture.

Covering the gamut of living options from detached through to high density living, and everything in between such as aged, multigenerational and student housing, the event is set for Friday the 31st of July.

Spanning the entire day, Housing Futures will feature both international and local keynote speakers, interspersed with panel discussions where the audience is encouraged to join the deliberations.

Keynote addresses

Anchoring the event will be four keynote addresses, with topics and speakers outlined below:

What lessons, if any, does the bespoke, one-off house offer for housing futures?
Presented by Kerstin Thompson, Principal, Kerstin Thompson Architects (Melbourne)
Urban Housing: Architecture’s role in making our cities sustainable, equitable and liveable
Presented by Philip Thalis, Founding Principal, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects (Sydney)
City Limits: Why Australia's cities are broken and how we can fix them
Presented by Paul Donegan, Fellow, Grattan Institute (Melbourne)
Housing shapes the the way we live and the cities we inhabit
Presented by Charles Renfro, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York City, USA

Audience input welcome

Dual hour long discussion periods are slated which will feature panels consisting of both keynote speakers and invited panel members. During the discussions the audience is welcome to provide opinion and input of the matters under discussion.

Eli Giannini (Director at MGS Architects) along with Marcus Foth (Founder and Director at Urban Informatics Research Lab) will team with Paul Donegan and Philip Thalis to deliver the first discussion period. Shelley Penn (Director, Shelley Penn Architect) and Ben Hewett (Director, Strategic Services NSW GAO) will join Charles Renfro and Kerstin Thompson for the second moderated panel discussion.

Readers seeking further information on the Housing Futures forum are encouraged to visit Design Speaks for further details.


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