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Big names gather for ‘Future Cities’ symposium

Nick Myall
Tuesday 10 Jul 2018

Southbank by Beulah has announced the ‘Future Cities’ symposium in Melbourne to unveil shortlisted designs for the $2 billion Southbank precinct project

As part of the Southbank by Beulah architecture competition, six teams comprising of the world’s leading architectural firms will present at the public ‘Future Cities’ symposium, to be held on Friday July 27 in Southbank, Melbourne, Australia.

With record number of attendees expected, the symposium will be the first glimpse into the proposed designs for the $2 billion plus Southbank site, which will transform Southbank into a lifestyle precinct potentially comprising of residential, world class retail and department stores, a dedicated gourmet food & market precinct, a 5-star hotel, designated commercial spaces, and culture and public spaces – with hopes to attract global tech names such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple and Samsung to create an experiential technology hub.

The six international firms to present include MAD Architects, MVRDV, OMA, UNStudio, Bjarke Ingels Group and Coop Himmelb(l)au alongside Australian firms, Fender Katsalidis Architects, Architectus, Elenberg Fraser, Woods Bagot, Cox Architecture and Conrad Gargett.

The overarching theme of the symposium is ‘Future Cities.’ As the population grows and lifestyles change and evolve, so too does the need for considered development that is designed for current and future generations. A focus of the symposium will be discussing how architects, designers and engineers play an ever-important role in being able to shape communities and optimise lifestyles.

Focusing on the six designs specific to the Southbank site, the symposium promises to be an engaging and insightful discussion, with crowds of 1,500 plus expected.

Each of the six teams will have 20 minutes to present their concept to the audience as well as their vision and thoughts on ‘Future Cities’, with the winning design ultimately changing Melbourne’s skyline forever.

Confirmed speakers to present include Brian Yang Partner of Bjarke Ingels Group, Wolf. D Prix co-founder of Coop Himmelb(l)au, Ma Yansong founder of MAD Architects, Winy Maas co-founder of MVRDV, David Gianotten Managing Partner-Architect of OMA and Caroline Bos co-founder of UNStudio.

The ‘Future Cities’ Symposium will be held at 400 City Road Southbank in Melbourne from 1pm-4pm on Friday July 27 and alongside the speaker presentations, will include an immersive experience centred on Future Cities.

Tickets are now available to purchase via www.southbankbybeulah.com

The winning design will be announced in early August.

Nick Myall

News editor

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