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Program correct as at 26 April 2016




Friday Short Keynotes

Alternative sessions have been provided to inject the conference with a range of diverse positions to complement and challenge the architectural keynotes and lay the foundations for richer panel conversations on day 2. Each session contains a series of shorter talks introduced and framed by a Creative Director.

Culture and Development- 3A

Fostering culture is an essential part of successful city making. What sorts of cultures need to exist and how are they fostered? Economic imperatives drive development objectives, but what happens when institutions become involved in city making? What role for the creative intelligence is offered by architecture?

Sustainability and Innovation- 3B

A broader understanding of sustainability brings into play the interconnectedness and complexity of urban communities and their environments. How is this complexity handled? With significant interest in innovation, and an ever present concern with risk management where are the opportunities? Is architecture well positioned? Are we even able to meaningfully realise the value offered?


Saturday Panel Sessions

One of the key approaches the Creative Directors have taken is to openly explore the conference theme with potential and invited participants. Sub-themes have emerged that will guide the conference conversations and frame critic sessions and the final session.

Each panel will explore the theme from an inter-disciplinary approach with a variety of speaker backgrounds. In the spirit of transparency, the theme descriptions capture the spirit of conversations with participants. Further content will emerge as participants explore the conversation with each other in the lead up to the conference.

Building Resilience- 2A

Across many disciplines and fields, strategies and frameworks for resilience are emerging. Considering environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability, good approaches to resilience engage with systems thinking and the interconnectedness of things. Architecture and design, with a willingness to engage in complexity, and having strategic and delivery intelligence, have much to offer in anticipating and realising preferred futures.

The Creative Directors’ early discussion with participants include consideration of climate change, health and well-being, future proofing, crisis management, adaptive reuse, developing communities, urban eco-systems, supply chains, participatory urbanism, ethical frameworks and political realities.

Transforming Populations- 2B

Demographic changes signify societal shifts and transformation of ways of living. Architecture generally follows these changes and yet is one of the things fundamental to delivering quality of life considerations. With a rapidly ageing population in Australia, increasing life spans and health budgets, denser cities, living affordability problems, new infrastructure requirements, changing agriculture, and ever evolving technologies, where is the architectural agency? How is the profession positioning itself? Who are we working with and where should we be positioning ourselves?

The Creative Directors’ early discussion with participants include consideration of ageing populations, youth unemployment, urban mobility, living models, population growth, welfare and support, professional demographics, urban productivity, research focus and evidence-based approaches.

Advocating Futures- 3A

Architectural and design practice are inherently future-focused, our skills developed around communicating alternative ways of thinking, working and living. In an environment where it has become more and more marginalised, the profession needs to work collectively to project and promote these skills. So how can we most effectively communicate our roles, our value, and future conditions? How do we organise ourselves? Are the current models effective?

The Creative Directors’ early discussion with participants have explored ethical frameworks, practice models, spatial economies, systems thinking, unsolicited architectures, collaborative practices, education models, professional transformations, as well as the evolving relationship of the discipline with politics, planning, communities and economics.

Creating Equity- 3B

Architecture plays a critical role in negotiating the competing forces of the contemporary city to produce quality outcomes. Despite being one of the most urbanised countries in the world, Australian architecture continues to perpetuate the romanticised mythology of the single detached dwelling. Pre-conceived notions about the way we inhabit and interact with the built environment are being challenged by digital disruptions that are allowing us to share more of our resources and navigate the city in new ways.

The Creative Directors’ early discussion with participants have considered how the profession can actively participate in issues around housing affordability, urban gentrification, transport and the development and stewardship of the public domain. Where and how does architecture provide support where it is most needed? We have skills and experience in manipulating space and materials, but how are we addressing the broader needs of society?