Naomi Milgrom Foundation announces new Living Cities Forum with an international focus

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CCTV Headquarters by OMA.

CCTV Headquarters by OMA. Image: Iwan Baan

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View from inside the CCTV Headquarters building in Beijing by OMA.

View from inside the CCTV Headquarters building in Beijing by OMA. Image: Iwan Baan

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Top left, clockwise: David Gianotten (OMA), Mimi Zeiger, Dan Hill (Arup), Rory Hyde (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Marisa Yiu (Eskyiu), Benedetta Tabliague (Miralles Tagliabue).

Top left, clockwise: David Gianotten (OMA), Mimi Zeiger, Dan Hill (Arup), Rory Hyde (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Marisa Yiu (Eskyiu), Benedetta Tabliague (Miralles Tagliabue). Image: Naomi Milgrom Foundation

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<i>All of this belongs to you</i>, Victoria and Albert Museum, co-curated by Corinna Gardner, Rory Hyde and Kieran Long.

All of this belongs to you, Victoria and Albert Museum, co-curated by Corinna Gardner, Rory Hyde and Kieran Long. Image: courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

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Housing Nature by Eskyiu.

Housing Nature by Eskyiu. Image: courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

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<i>Incomplete City: London</i> by Dan Hill, Arup.

Incomplete City: London by Dan Hill, Arup. Image: courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

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David Gianotten.

David Gianotten. Image: courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation

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Dan Hill, Arup.

Dan Hill, Arup. Image: courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation

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Marisa Yiu, Eskyiu.

Marisa Yiu, Eskyiu. Image: ColorSmile

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Rory Hide, Victoria and Albert Museum.

Rory Hide, Victoria and Albert Museum. Image: courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation

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Mimi Zeiger.

Mimi Zeiger. Image: courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation

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The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced a new Living Cities Forum to take place in Melbourne in July. The forum will see architects, designers and urbanists brought together to discuss liveability as a concept and the ways in which design can offer solutions to the problems faced by Australia’s rapidly growing cities.

The internationally-focused list of speakers includes OMA managing partner-architect David Gianotten, who, along with Rem Koolhaas, will design the 2017 MPavilion; Mimi Zeiger, critic, editor and curator; Benedetta Tagliabue, Pritzker Prize jury member and Miralles Tagliabue EMBT founder; Dan Hill, Arup digital design studio assistant director; Marisa Yiu, Eskyiu founder and Rory Hyde, architecture and urbanism curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

More than half of the world’s population live in cities, with the figure expected to rise dramatically in the next few decades, according the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. Australia’s capital cities, particularly Melbourne and Sydney, are experiencing rapid growth and questions about urban density and housing affordability are being asked with more urgency and frequency.

Naomi Milgrom said, “Design impacts the way we live and has the creative power to solve real-world problems.”

Melbourne will be a particular focus of the forum, with an aim to “gather global insights” to inform “Melbourne’s current position and future trajectory.” 

The Living Cities Forum will take place at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on 27 July. For more information, visit the Naomi Milgrom Foundation website.


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