Living Cities Forum
20 July 2021
Presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation on Friday 23 July 2021, the fourth Living Cities Forum features renowned urbanism experts delivering thought-provoking keynote lectures on the theme: ‘The Long View’.
From the geological churn of the ground below, to the millisecond exchanges of financial data, every aspect of our lives is ruled by one uncompromising force: time. There is a tendency to operate in the short term. How is the climate crisis and the pandemic compelling cities to slow their growth, reduce their resources, minimise their footprints, and make us humans think about life outside of our own lifespans? In examining this and other questions, Living Cities Forum will incorporate different concepts of time, including the Dreamtime of Australian First Nations, the deep time of geological processes, and the recursive time of non-human lifeforms. This notion of the interpretations and opportunities of time will also inform the literal shape of this year’s Forum as it leans into the challenges of time zone differences—panelists will either appear in digital format from Melbourne, or from elsewhere in the world, via a dynamic blend of technologies.
Join us online as an industry professional, student, or anyone interested in the future of cities.
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.