Living Cities Forum 2019: Future Needs

The Living Cities Forum 2019 will be divided into two main sessions—titled Tomorrow’s city and Latent conditions— engaging speakers in individual presentations followed by panel discussions and audience Q&A, providing the local design community an opportunity to connect with international thought leadership.    

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Living Cities Forum Sydney is supported by Create NSW. Deputy Secretary Alex O’Mara commented: “We’re delighted to be involved in such a forward-thinking forum with such fantastic speakers on living cities, great design and public spaces. The approach aligns with the approach in our Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025+ to deliver new opportunities for cultural participation across the State."

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Tuesday 28 May 2019

7.45 - 8.30


Doors open for registration and light refreshment service until commencement of Session One.

8.30 - 12.15

Session One: Tomorrow’s City

Glenn Murcutt AO in conversation with architect and educator Shelley Penn; presentations by Christopher Hawthorne, and Rachaporn Choochuey, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A moderated by Andrew Mackenzie. The session will include a morning tea break with refreshments served.

12.15 - 1.00

Lunch Break

Participants are welcome to stay inside the venue for a light lunch provided, or step out and return for Session Two.

1.00 - 4.30

Session Two: Latent Conditions

Presentations by Mabel O. Wilson, Adrian Lahoud and Catherine Mosbach, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A, moderated by Prof Francesca Hughes. The session will include an afternoon tea break with refreshments served.

4.30 - 6.00

Post-Forum Hospitality

Participants are invited to stay and debrief with hospitality served. 


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Satellite Events—Sydney

Wednesday 29 May: Mabel O. Wilson lecture presented by UTS, 6pm



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.

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