Urban Geography Workshop:  Creativity and the Built Environment Nexus

Urban Geography Workshop: Creativity and the Built Environment Nexus

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Japanese Room, Level 4, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design),

Masson Rd, University of Melbourne

Parkville, VIC 3010


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Please join us for the Urban Geography workshop on the Creativity and the Built Environment Nexus Workshop

About this event

This full day workshop aims to bridge disciplinary divides in critically debating the reciprocal relationship between creativity and the built environment, which is ever more complex and fluid during (and post) the pandemic. It will provide a venue for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to theorise and operationalise their interfaces across multiple scales, geographies, methodologies, and temporalities.

The workshop includes a keynote presentation from Professor Sharon Zukin, who will revisit SoHo in lower Manhattan, an artist district that inspired her seminal book 'Loft Living'.

Renowned plenary speakers from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia will further explore and debate the workshop's major themes across four sessions on:

• Innovation influencers

• Future making

• Design sustainability

• Creativity in the making

Please note:

This workshop will be held in‐person in the Japanese Room, Level 4, Glyn Davis Building, University of Melbourne (45 seats only), and also streamed online via Zoom webinar - please ensure you select your preferred ticket type when registering.

Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon will be provided for all in-person attendees. Registrations are essential.

About the speakers

  • Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology, City University of New York
  • Mark Wilson, Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and PHD Program Director, Michigan State University
  • James Dunn, Department Chair of Health Aging & Society, McMaster University
  • Hye-ran Shin, Dean, Professor of Human Geography, Seoul National University
  • Tan Yigitcanlar, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Queensland University of Technology
  • Alice Comi, Associate Professor in Design and Innovation, Tongji University
  • Daniel Huppatz, Associate Professor in Architectural and Industrial Design, Swinburne University
  • Matti Siemiatycki, Professor and Director in Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
  • Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation, University of Melbourne
  • Wendy Steele, Professor of Sustainability and Urban Policy, RMIT
  • Dan Hill, Professor and Director of Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
  • Andy Pratt, Professor and Director of the School of Policy and Global Affairs, City University of London
  • Robert Kloosterman, Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, University of Amsterdam
  • Jochem de Vries, Chair, Associate Professor of urban and regional planning, University of Amsterdam
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COVID Safe Measures

The University is operating under Victoria’s COVIDSafe Settings. All visitors to the University of Melbourne campuses, must be fully vaccinated (or have a valid exemption). Your vaccination information will be checked prior to entry.

Please do not attend campus if you are feeling unwell.

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