Designing for the new public


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The world has changed. What imprint has the unpredictable, sometimes unfathomable, global pandemic left on who we are as ‘the public’?

Over the course of their prolific careers, our panel members have each, in different ways, been tasked with understanding who ‘the public’ is, and how place and space can respond to public needs and wants.

Join us as as we explore what we can see and understand from the meaning of ‘public’ today—and muse on its possible futures in the design of our civic places and spaces.

Moderated by Principal at Architectus, Ruth Wilson and featuring Kate Torney (CEO, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation) Claire Martin (Associate Director at Oculus and President Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) and Dr Stephen Long (Principal at Architectus)

Architectus won the 2021 Melbourne Awards Urban Design Award supported by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.