Melbourne Conversations: Visions for the CBD


Due to technical issues, the livestream of this event could not go ahead as planned. However, our panellists decided to continue the conversation as intended.

You’re invited to attend a follow-up Q&A with our moderator, Kirby Clark and speakers Khalid Warsame and Marcus Spiller.
Details: On Monday 26 July 2021 at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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What should inform the design of our city? Well, it depends who you ask. Join a range of urban planners, architects, city dwellers, artists and designers to design the city of the future. We will talk about the new normal in placemaking – fusing sustainability practises, First Nations knowledge and community cohesion for a better city.

Our speakers:
Tony Birch:
Tony Birch is a prominent writer and a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent, a collective of like-minded Aboriginal academics, activists, artists, writers and poets. Tony will speak to the history and present of Aboriginal resistance in the CBD as well as how people anchor their memories and stories in the city landscape.

Kirby Clark:
Kirby Clark is an all-round designer, skateboarder, lecturer, city resident and sustainable design advocate who works on everything from creating spaces with a circular design approach to youth skateboarding programs in underserved communities.

Leanne Hodyl:
Leanne is the founder and Managing Director of Hodyl & Co, a research and urban design consultancy focused on creating cities that people love. She has recently worked on research aimed at illustrating a vision of a future city by consulting directly with the public.

Marcus Spiller:
Marcus Spiller is a Principal and Partner of long-standing SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd. Hear his views and recommendations on the “polycentric city”, and the idea of specialisation hubs within urban environments.

Khalid Warsame:
Khalid Warsame is a writer and Melbourne resident whose work has appeared in Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Overland, The Big Issue, The Saturday Paper, Cordite Poetry Review, and LitHub. Khalid brings a lens of social justice to the panel, asking questions such as who gets to use the city and how race, class, and gender impact its use?

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