Forum to consider the fragility, dynamism and changes facing our cities

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Elevated view of Melbourne looking south east, Victoria, 1983.

Elevated view of Melbourne looking south east, Victoria, 1983. Image: Laurie Thomas, State Library of Victoria

The Australian Garden History Society and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) will join together to present a forum discussion on the ‘Elastic City’ that will consider the fragility, dynamism and changes facing our cities.

The forum will ask questions such as: how do we engage with change in cities and their garden character and landscape context in ways that respect dynamism and fragility? How do we harness the qualities that give our cities their elasticity without taking that stress to breaking point?

This event invites participants to reflect on cities, gardens and urban landscapes. The forum panellists driving the conversation embrace the continuum between theory and practice and are involved in the debate on contemporary landscape design in our cities. The panel discussion will seek opinions on managing cities that addresses issues from wide historical, social, and cultural perspectives.

This event is aimed at those interested in the future of urban environments, especially those involved in guiding processes that will shape those futures. Local government planners, heritage consultants, historians, architects, landscape architects, designers and all those concerned about our cities and their hinterlands can participate to share knowledge, ideas, and opinions.

Panellists include: Vanessa Walker (associate, Context Heritage Consultants); Dr David Nichols (senior lecturer in urban planning, University of Melbourne); Amy Davidson (landscape architect and urban designer) and Maddison Miller (Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub).

The Elastic City: Fragility, Dynamism, Change will take place at Loop Project Space and Bar in Melbourne on Monday 23 October at 7pm.

Tickets are free but limited. Book here.

Landscape Australia is a media partner of The Elastic City: Fragility, Dynamism, Change.

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