Friday 31 July 2015
8.45 am – 5.00 pm
Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
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The inaugural Housing Futures forum will speculate on residential architecture across all scales, locations and types through three broad themes – the individual family home, apartment living, and future directions in aged, multigenerational and student housing. The symposium will feature international and local keynote speakers, interwoven with panel discussions where audience participation is encouraged. The Housing Futures forum is co-located with the highly anticipated 2015 Houses Awards announcement.
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- 8.45 am Attendee arrival
- 9.00 am Welcome from Katelin Butler, Editor, Houses magazine
What lessons, if any, does the bespoke, one-off house offer for housing futures?
Principal, Kerstin Thompson Architects (Melbourne)
City limits: why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them
Co-author of the Grattan Institute’s first book, City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them (Melbourne)
- 10.45 am Morning tea
Urban housing: architecture’s role in making our cities sustainable, equitable and liveable
Founding Principal, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects (Sydney)
Moderated Panel Discussion
Panellists: Philip Thalis (Founding Principal, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects), Eli Giannini (Director, MGS Architects); Marcus Foth (Founder and Director, Urban Informatics Research Lab; Professor in Interactive and Visual Design in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at QUT) and Shane Murray (Foundation Professor of Architecture and Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University)
- 1.00 pm Lunch break
Housing shapes the way we live and the cities we inhabit
Partner, Diller Sco dio + Renfro (New York City)
Moderated Panel Discussion
Panellists: Charles Renfro (Partner, Diller Sco dio + Renfro), Kerstin Thompson (Principal, Kerstin Thompson Architects), Shelley Penn (Director, Shelley Penn Architect; Past National President of the Australian Institute of Architects) and Ben Hewett (Director, Strategic Services NSW GAO; Adjunct Professor of Architecture at UTS)
- 4.00 pm Closing comments from Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director, Architecture Media
- 4.10 pm Closing drinks
- 5.00 pm Event closes
What Lessons, If Any, Does The Bespoke, One-Off House Offer For Housing Futures?
Presented by Kerstin Thompson, Principal, Kerstin Thompson Architects
Kerstin Thompson will draw on the housing work of Kerstin Thompson Architects to demonstrate how the practice of residential architecture is an opportunity to develop new typologies responsive to the living preferences, and social and environmental imperatives of today. While there will always be a place for the architect as ensemblier, especially for the one-off home, Kerstin will argue that the architecture of the house is most instrumental at the level of typology as an envelope for living and in the establishment of relationships with place, neighbours and the street.
Urban Housing: Architecture’s Role in Making Our Cities Sustainable, Equitable & Liveable
Presented by Philip Thalis, Founding Principal, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects
If the future of humankind is increasingly urban, then the future of inhabitation is likely to be expanded urban housing. Reprising housing models that extend at least as far back as the Romans, the apartment building will out of necessity become the dominant form of a new range of dwelling choices. Philip Thalis will investigate contradictions inherent to the form of the city and its housing – between design and economy, between quantities and qualities, between speculation and durability. He will explore how architecture’s embrace of such issues will help determine the extent to which our cities are sustainable, equitable and liveable.
City Limits: Why Australia’s Cities are Broken and How We Can Fix Them
Presented by Paul Donegan, Co-author, Grattan Institute
The divide between where people live and work in Australian cities is growing. Most new jobs are being created close to city centres, while most population growth occurs in the outer suburbs. Relatively few new homes are being built in established suburbs, despite strong demand. The costs of this divide include heavy traffic congestion, long commute times and big compromises in family and social life. Paul Donegan will investigate how changes to government regulations and tax settings are a necessary first step to bridging this divide, and argue that the architecture profession has a critical role to play in making change a reality.
Housing Shapes the Way We Live and the Cities We Inhabit
Presented by Charles Renfro, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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