In 2019, the Living Cities Forum addresses the theme Future Needs, considering the needs of current Australians, future Australians, and the living systems with which we will cohabitate. Visionary and influential architects and urban thinkers from across the globe will gather to identify the key challenges of the next decades, from climate change to population density and social inequality, helping to transform predictions into decisive action.

Architecture and urban design always take place in the future. Concerted action requires forward planning, and what we design today will take years or even decades to meet the ground. We must therefore consider the needs of future people and environments when designing for the city, necessitating a combination of precise calculation and open imagination.

By 2050, the population of Australia’s major cities is predicted to nearly double, while global warming and its associated effects will alter our urban and regional environments. How we accommodate this unprecedented population growth and respond to climate change is currently the subject of vigorous political debate. How do we turn these predictions into decisions? How do we build better cities for the future—right now?

Join globally renowned architects and urban thinkers at the Living Cities Forum 2019 in Melbourne on Thursday 23 May, and Sydney on Tuesday 28 May.

About the Naomi Milgrom Foundation

The Living Cities Forum is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, a charitable not-for-profit organisation chaired by Australian business leader and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom AO. Established to enrich Australian cultural life by engaging new audiences with exceptional art, design and architecture, the Foundation focuses on bold projects that generate social, economic and environmental value. The Living Cities Forum is the sister event of the Foundation’s centrepiece project, MPavilion.

Naomi Milgrom AO is internationally recognised for spearheading and supporting cultural innovation and artistic excellence. Through the MPavilion and Living Cities Forum initiatives, she has collaborated with some of the world’s leading architects and urban thinkers, including Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, Amanda Levete, Bijoy Jain, Sean Godsell and Carme Pinós. A recipient of the Australian Institute of Architects President’s Award and an Order of Australia, Milgrom is currently the chair of the jury, established by Create NSW and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), for the international design competition for the new Powerhouse Precinct in Parramatta.

Naomi Milgrom AO. Photo by Stephen Chee.

Naomi Milgrom AO. Photo by Stephen Chee.


The Living Cities Forum acknowledges that we gather in Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin Nations, and in Sydney we acknowledge the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation upon whose ancestral lands our forum is staged. We would also like to pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.


Living Cities Forum Melbourne

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Living Cities Forum Sydney

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