A modern residential complex with residents enjoying outdoor amenities including a wooden deck and benches around a large tree, surrounded by lush greenery and contemporary building facades.

Building Communities: Achieving a Sustainable Public Housing Solution

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This panel delves into the convergence of architecture, sustainability, and social responsibility within Melbourne's vibrant urban landscape. As the city’s population is projected to reach 8 million by 2050, we urgently need inclusive housing strategies. This discussion will examine the crucial role of social sustainability and how to embed impactful initiatives that foster interconnected communities and authentically support social enterprises.

You will hear from Liz Seuseu, Senior Associate at Architectus; Sophie Buchanan, Planning Principal of RPS Group; Rob Rees, CEO of Cultivating Communities; and Olivia Ashton, Business Development and Project Manager at ReGround.  

Architectus’ National Leader of Resilience + Renewal, Alex Lawlor will moderate this important conversation that can facilitate change.  

Join us in advocating for inclusive design within housing developments, looking at new ways to weave new housing into old neighbourhoods and the fabric of cities to create healthy and sustainable communities. 

Architectus is a Major Practice Partner for the Open House Melbourne Weekend.

What's On

The discussion reflects our dedication to public housing within a sustainable and resilient framework. Participants will gain an understanding of how to integrate social responsibility and sustainability in housing developments. The goal is to create not just housing solutions to meet the immediate needs of communities but also strategies that ensure the resilience and wellbeing of future generations. 

— Liz Seuseu, Senior Associate at Architectus
— Sophie Buchanan, Planning Principal - RPS Group
— Rob Rees, CEO - Cultivating Communities 
— Olivia Ashton, Business Development and Project Manager - ReGround
— Moderated by Alex Lawlor, National Leader Resilience + Renewal - Architectus

Image: Markham Avenue render. Photo: Courtesy of Architectus.

Important Details

Time & Date

Friday 26 July
Panel discussion + presentation at 5pm-6.30pm
Running for 90 minutes including welcome drink + Q&A

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July



Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access


Level 25, 385 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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