Open House Melbourne Speaker Series: Better Living Forum

It wouldn't be a typical week on Urban Melbourne of late if there was no mention of better apartment living and apartment design standards. As part of Open House Melbourne 2015's Speaker Series, Deakin Edge at Federation Square is hosting a who's who of experts who will participate in the Better Living forum on the subject of the State Government's Better Apartments discussion paper.

The recently released Better Apartments discussion paper by the Victorian Government “weighs up housing needs, market demands and building standards with the aim of improving liveability and affordability.” (Richard Wynne, 2015). The paper intends to “kick-start consultation” with the public and industry stakeholders to establish minimum standards for the design and development of apartments.

As Melbourne’s population swells, it’s prized liveability dwindles and investment drives market pressure. These standards hold the potential to have a lasting effect on our city – hopefully for the better.

Join Open House Melbourne as it brings together 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 to help discuss: how do we keep pace? There will be an opportunity for audience members to participate in the discussion through a Q&A.

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Speakers include:

  • Stuart Harrison (MC) Director of Harrison & White and former presenter on RRR's The Architects
  • Planner Colleen Peterson, Managing Director at Ratio Consultants (an Urban Melbourne Industry Hub member)
  • Developer David Waldren, National Executive Design Manager at Grocon
  • Lawyer Riad Yasmine, Senior Associate at Maddocks
  • Commentator Michael Bleby, AFR
  • Economist Marcus Spiller, Principal at SGS Economics and Planning
  • Architect Kerstin Thompson, Founding Principal of KTA

More speakers to be announced.

Tuesday 21 July 2015. Doors open at 5.45pm for 6.00pm start, 8pm finish
Deakin Edge, Federation Square
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