The third annual Living Cities Forum in Melbourne and Sydney invited a cohort of internationally renowned speakers to interrogate the theme Future Needs, addressing the challenges imminently facing our cities, from climate change and population density to social inequality. The forum posed the question: How do we transform overwhelming predictions into decisive action and build better cities for our future? Helmed by Australia’s only Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Glenn Murcutt AO, the forum presented provocative and thoughtful practices across four continents, focusing on localised projects and movements away from global-scale thinking.


Investigating the theme Shaping Society, the 2018 Living Cities Forum invited attendees to a gathering of illustrious architects and global design thinkers. Building on the success of its inaugural 2017 program, the Forum will question the role of design in changing and bettering society. How do history, geography, climate and culture contribute to making a better city? Do generous buildings and thoughtful spaces make good citizens or encourage inclusive communities? And if not, precisely what are urban design and architecture good for?       


The Living Cities Forum 2017 brought together leading international architects and urban thinkers to consider the factors that determine a healthy and vibrant city. How does history, geography, climate and culture contribute to making a better city? What role can design professionals play in the city’s evolution, and how do designers respond to shifting political contexts, while engaging with a diversity of users? The invited speakers shared their intimate knowledge of diverse cities, from London to Hong Kong and from Barcelona to Los Angeles, offering a unique opportunity to place the debates about Melbourne’s future in the context of a global urban discussion.


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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