More international speakers announced for LIVING CITIES FORUM 2019

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced two more international speakers for the LIVING CITIES FORUM 2019, which will be held on 23 May 2019 in Melbourne and 28 May 2019 in Sydney. Joining the third annual gathering of leading global architects and urban design thinkers is highly awarded Paris-based landscape architect Catherine Mosbach, globally influential for designing for collective experience; and London-based architect and curator of the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Adrian Lahoud, whose research addresses the spatial implications of climate change and migration.

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation also today released the Forum’s official event program, unveiling two distinct sessions—titled Tomorrow’s city and Latent conditions that will interrogate the theme Future Needs during the daylong symposium, as well as revealing each city’s highly regarded local facilitators. The Forum will consider how to best design for our changing living conditions, from global warming to population density, cultural movements and social inequality.

Naomi Milgrom AO, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation said: “With the addition of Catherine Mosbach and Adrian Lahoud, this year’s expanded Living Cities Forum brings together knowledge of urban cultures from around the world to envisage a smarter and more sustainable future for our cities. I’m excited for Australia’s design community as the visionary speakers will help us share boundless ideas and research across architecture and urbanism.”

Melbourne’s Living Cities Forum is supported by the Victorian Government through Development Victoria. Minister for Priority Precincts, Gavin Jennings said: “The Living Cities Forum brings some of the world’s leading architects and urban designers to Melbourne. The ‘Future Needs’ theme of this year’s forum is particularly relevant as good design is critical to addressing the challenges major cities around the world face.”

Living Cities Forum Sydney is supported by Create NSW. Minister for Arts and Heritage Don Harwin said: “It’s a coup for Sydney to host the Living Cities Forum at a time of such tremendous growth in the city. Whether it’s building from the ground up or reimagining Sydney’s wealth of architectural assets – it is essential we take inspiration from the best cities in the world.”

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said: “I’m thrilled that the Living Cities Forum is coming to Sydney for the first time. Civic life is built around great public spaces. Planning for our green infrastructure is foundational to building tomorrow’s Sydney. Learning lessons from great cities around the world is an incredible opportunity for Sydneysiders.”

NSW Government Deputy Secretary Place, Design and Public Spaces Alexandra 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.”

Living Cities Forum 2019 speakers are:

  • Glenn Murcutt AO, Sydney: Pritzker Prize-winning Australian architect and MPavilion 2019 designer; a national treasure renowned for his unfailing architectural integrity.
  • Mabel O. Wilson, New York City: Cultural historian and architect, addressing social inequality in the built environment.
  • Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles: Former Los Angeles Times architecture critic and newly appointed Chief Design Officer of the City of Los Angeles.
  • Rachaporn Choochuey, Bangkok: Co-founder of innovative Bangkok-based architecture and design studio all (zone) ltd, designing for high-density living.
  • Catherine Mosbach, Paris: Founder of Paris-based landscape architecture firm mosbach paysagiste, designing for historical and cultural connection.
  • Adrian Lahoud, London: Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art London; research addressing global emancipatory struggles.

The Forum will be moderated by Andrew Mackenzie, who will be joined by co-moderators Dr Naomi Stead, Professor of Architecture at Monash University in Melbourne, and Prof Francesca Hughes, Head of Architecture at UTS in Sydney. Shelley Penn, Melbourne-based award-winning architect, educator, urbanist and built environment advocate, will be in conversation with keynote speaker Glenn Murcutt.

Living Cities Forum Melbourne is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Development Victoria and ANZ and presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in partnership with Open House Melbourne with the assistance of Melbourne School of Design, Monash University, RMIT University, Australian Institute of Architects and Planning Institute of Australia.

Living Cities Forum Sydney is supported by Create NSW and ANZ, and presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in partnership with University of Technology Sydney with the assistance of Australian Institute of Architects, Planning Institute of Australia and Carriageworks.

The program is eligible for CPD points; attendees will need to check with their professional association.

Living Cities Forum will be held in Melbourne at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Thursday 23 May, and in Sydney at Carriageworks on Tuesday 28 May, running from 8am to 4.30pm in each city.

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To attend: Melbourne or Sydney

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