May 16, 2017 - Naomi Milgrom Foundation - Living Cities Forum 2017
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May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017

Naomi Milgrom Foundation

Living Cities Forum 2017 speakers David Gianotten, Mimi Zeiger, Dan Hill, Benedetta Tagliabue, Marisa Yiu and Rory Hyde. Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

Living Cities Forum 2017
July 27, 2017, 9am

Deakin Edge
Federation Square

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced a new initiative Living Cities Forum 2017 bringing together leading international architects and design thinkers to investigate the definition of liveability and attempts to illustrate the image of a truly liveable city as viewed through a design lens. Taking place on July 27 influential international speakers include OMA’s managing partner David Gianotten (Rotterdam), RIBA Stirling Prize architect Benedetta Tagliabue (Barcelona), celebrated architecture critic, author and curator Mimi Zeiger (Los Angeles), and head of Arup’s digital studio, digital designer, professor and urbanist Dan Hill (London).

Naomi Milgrom AO, Founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation said: “Design impacts the way we live and has the creative power to solve real-world problems. Living Cities Forum is a visionary think tank which will allow Melbourne—one of the world’s most liveable cities—to maintain its liveability for its citizens and be able to share its knowledge with the world.”

Commenting on the new project Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “There is no better place to host this forum than Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city but a hub for design, innovation and ideas. Design plays a role in so many facets of life and this forum will bring together leading thinkers from across the globe to explore how we can design a new future for our cities and communities.”


Living Cities Forum 2017 is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and is presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in partnership with Open House Melbourne with the assistance of Melbourne School of Design, Monash UniversityRMIT University and Australian Institute of Architects.

The forum offers an opportunity to gather global insights into the present and future opportunities, and challenges for cities. The conversation will be an international discussion about liveability, fitting for Melbourne’s current position and future trajectory. Speakers include:

-David Gianotten (Rotterdam), Managing Partner-Architect of influential architecture firm OMA. Along with Rem Koolhaas, David is the MPavilion 2017 architect. 

-Mimi Zeiger (Los Angeles), with work situated at the intersection of architecture and media cultures Mimi is an award-winning critic, editor, and curator.

-Dan Hill (London), Associate Director at Arup heading up its multidisciplinary digital studio that helps develop transformative digital technology for cities, spaces, infrastructure, buildings and organisations.

-Benedetta Tagliabue (Barcelona), award-winning architect, visiting professor of architecture, Pritzker Prize jury member and co-founder of the firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT.

-Marisa Yiu (Hong Kong), writer, curator and architect and founding partner of multi-disciplinary architecture studio ESKYIU.

-Rory Hyde (London), Curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.


Living Cities Forum will take place on Thursday, July 27 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.  

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About Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Supporting great art, design and architecture projects was Australian philanthropist Naomi Milgrom’s aim when she started a foundation in 2014. Aiming to enrich Australian cultural life and engage new audiences, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has become a model for public-private collaboration backing projects with a strong public, industry and educational component.

MPavilion is the foundation’s biggest project and has become Australia’s leading architecture commission. MPavilion 2017 will be the work of OMA / Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten opening to the public on October 3. MPavilion 2016 was designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai India and in 2015 was designed by British architect Amanda Levete of AL_A. Renowned Australian architect Sean Godsell designed the inaugural MPavilion in 2014.

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