Housing Futures 2017 forum program announced

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Ash Sakula Architects' Tibby's Triangle, Southwold, is built around a new market square.

Ash Sakula Architects’ Tibby’s Triangle, Southwold, is built around a new market square. Image: Peter Cook

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Can Ash, co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects.

Can Ash, co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects.

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Geoffrey London, Professor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Geoffrey London, Professor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

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Richard Hassell, co-founding director of WOHA.

Richard Hassell, co-founding director of WOHA. Image: Studio Periphery

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Vincent Taapken, New Industry founding director.

Vincent Taapken, New Industry founding director.

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Catherine Lezer, Director, Strata Community Australia (Sydney).

Catherine Lezer, Director, Strata Community Australia (Sydney).

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Eloise Atkinson, director, Deicke Richards and Independent Chair, Brisbane Housing Company (Brisbane).

Eloise Atkinson, director, Deicke Richards and Independent Chair, Brisbane Housing Company (Brisbane).

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Nicky Drobis, director of design, Fender Katsalidis Architects (Melbourne).

Nicky Drobis, director of design, Fender Katsalidis Architects (Melbourne).

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Tarsha Finney, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney (Sydney) and Visiting. Professor, Royal College of Art (London).

Tarsha Finney, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney (Sydney) and Visiting. Professor, Royal College of Art (London).

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An international line-up of practitioners and academics at the top of their fields will come together to speculate on the ways architects, designers, planners, developers and policymakers can create the cities of tomorrow.

The Housing Futures forum will explore the many issues facing housing today, through a series of talks and Q&As. The forum will take place at the Clemenger BBDO Auditorium in Melbourne’s NGV International on 4 August.

A diverse array of topics will be discussed by speakers from Australia, Asia and Europe. Richard Hassell, co-founding director of the Singapore-based practice WOHA, will discuss design for hyper-dense cities and London-based co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects, Cany Ash, will examine how the process of building new housing can also be an instrument for building communities and neighbourhoods. Vincent Taapken, founding director of Dutch company New Industry will explore problems of short-term thinking and lack of creativity in real estate and housing affordability through the lens of the global financial crisis. He suggests that architects should “never waste a good crisis.”

Coming from an academic perspective, the University of Western Australia’s Professor Geoffrey London will discuss how infill housing could be reconsidered.

The full line-up of speakers will include:

  • Tarsha Finney, senior lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney (Sydney) and visiting professor, Royal College of Art (London).
  • Eloise Atkinson, director, Deicke Richards and independent chair Brisbane Housing Company (Brisbane)
  • Nicky Drobis, director of design, Fender Katsalidis Architects (Melbourne)
  • Catherine Lezer, director, Strata Community Australia (Sydney)

See the full program here and buy tickets here

Housing Futures is organized by Architecture Media and supported by major partners Blum, Clipsal, Wood Solutions and supporting partner Tractile. The Design Speaks Symposia 2017 presenting partner is Taubmans.


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