AIA, AILA and PIA present ‘Housing: Belonging and Identity’



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Howard Arkley Houses, artwork by Kayla Bode, photography by Zart Education.

The ‘Australian Dream’ of a freestanding house on a quarter-acre block was popularised in the 1950s and iconised by Howard Arkley in Suburban Home (1993). However, for many people, that dream is no longer affordable, sustainable nor capable of supporting contemporary households. The growth of single person households, an ageing population and our long-held status as a top university city of the world have arguably contributed to a glut of poorly planned and detailed apartment towers in Melbourne.

This panel looks at alternative models of housing that either provide, or have potential to provide, meaningful additions to a necessarily diversifying residential landscape. Having consideration for affordability, inclusion, location, safety, active ageing, diversity and identity, this interactive discussion asks of its panellists and its audience, “What does housing mean to you, how has it shaped your sense of identity and belonging, and where do we go from here?”

Developed in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.