Living Cities Forum 2022

Living Cities Forum 2022

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$100 – $150

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The Edge, Federation Square

Federation Square

Swanston Street & Flinders Steet

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Join us for the fifth annual Living Cities Forum.

About this event

Registrations open at 8am for a prompt 8.45am commencement.

Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.


The Living Cities Forum is an annual assembly exploring the role of design, planning and architecture in shaping our society.

It returns to Melbourne with an impressive array of international and local architecture and urban design leaders—featuring keynote addresses from globally renowned thinkers including British architect and co-founder of Dark Matter Labs Indy Johar, Canadian landscape architect Jane Mah Hutton, British architect and educator Joseph Grima, Ghanaian educator and architectural scientist Mae-ling Lokko, Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, and Chinese architect Xu Tiantian.

For as long as humanity has traded, materials have flowed. The 2022 Living Cities Forum theme ‘Material Flows’ will examine the global material flows that underwrite our growing built environments. Within the 2022 theme, Living Cities Forum will deliver its fifth program of keynote lectures, with cross-disciplinary talks over the course of the day by globally renowned thinkers from around the world.

While there has been increased awareness into the impacts of our material use in recent times, our approach to building construction continues to reflect short-term commercial interests over long-term environmental sustainability. These short-term interests are most evident in the material flow of pollution.

Against this backdrop, the forum will explore if the current global disruptions to material flows—as a result of the global pandemic, wars and other destabilising factors—might well be our chance to rethink the materials we have taken for granted. Can we seize this moment to accelerate our first steps towards a genuine circular economy? Can we support those who are decarbonising our supply chains, while also breathing new life into smaller footprint manufacturing? This forum will be an opportunity to rethink logistics as ethics and to reframe scarcity as the catalyst for new abundance.

Panelists will either appear in person at The Edge or from elsewhere in the world via a dynamic blend of technologies. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for industry professionals, students and anyone interested in the future of cities to network, share ideas and workshop together.

Please note:

Please contact if you require an Auslan interpreter.

When you register to attend this event, you agree to the Living Cities Forum Entry Terms & Conditions Policy.

For information on accessibility, please see here.

About the Living Cities Forum

Since 2017, Living Cities Forum has had a substantial influence on the thinking, discourse, collaboration and policy-making that determines approaches to urban development across Australia. While including established experts, Living Cities Forum actively seeks out and invites voices from across society to take part in deep and critical analyses of our cities. The dialogues are lively, rigorous, scientific, personal, productive and always inspirational, testing out old thinking, ushering in new perspectives, and paving the way for new, better design approaches, in all aspects of urban life.

The Living Cities Forum is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria.

Presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

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