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This Is Public

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The 2021 July Weekend program kicks off with This Is Public, a speaker series co-presented by Open House Melbourne, RMIT Architecture & Urban Design and The Capitol — RMIT University on Friday 23 July, 2021.

The event focuses on the need to find new ways to reconnect and transform the ways in which we live and work together. This Is Public will host speakers with different backgrounds and perspectives and seeks to answer big questions about the role of policy, climate change and architecture in the future of cities, amongst other thought-provoking topics.

Finding new ways to reconnect and transform the ways in which we live and work together.

This Is Public will be broadcast on the Open House Melbourne and The Capitol websites, and later produced as a podcast. Focusing on the central theme, Reconnect, this year OHM asks us to reconsider the way we will occupy our city and to envisage new ways of designing and adapting our buildings and infrastructure as we emerge from the impact of COVID-19.

Guests can expect a series of thought provoking and insightful presentations beginning with a Welcome to Country by N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM and an address from Lord Mayor Sally Capp, followed by an introduction to the OHM 2021 theme, Reconnect.

Speakers will include:
_Jefa Greenaway and Tristan Wong

_Jill Garner, Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) Presents Designing Policy for People

_Nicole Kalms, XYX Lab
Presents Your Ground: Towards a Safer and More Accessible City

_Liam Young with Ewan McEoin
Presents The Making of Planet City

_James Brearley and Justine Dalla Riva (CEO)
Presents Building Pride

_Beau de Belle, Christine Phillips and Jock Gilbert
Presents Designing On Country

This Is Public is co-presented with The Capitol. This edition is supported by RMIT Architecture & Urban Design, RMIT University and media partner Assemble Papers. This event forms part of the satellite program for the 2021 Living Cities Forum presented by Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

Images Top: (1) The Theatre inside The Capitol – RMIT, photo: John Gollings. (2) The Capitol – RMIT, photo: Tope Adesina.

Important Details

Time & Date


Friday 23 July
5.30 – 8.30pm

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The Capitol, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000

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