Collectivity Talks - Designing for Life

Collectivity Talks - Designing for Life
Collectivity Talks - Designing for Life

The next instalment in the Collectivity Talks series presented by Communications Collective, in partnership with Open House Melbourne will focus on the theme of Designing for Life.

A group of industry experts comprising architects and developers will form part of a panel discussion taking place on Wednesday 18 July to discuss good apartment design.

As Melbourne's population balloons and the supply of new housing attempts to cater to demand, recent measures such as the introduction of  Better Apartments Design Standards (BADS) in Victoria, and density controls within the Capital City Zone have attempted to improve the livability of our city and the quality of our built environment.

Further efforts by the City of Melbourne and the State Government are being discussed to raise the design standard of the external appearance of buildings, the quality of finishes and to ensure they contribute positively to the streetscapes.

So what makes a well-designed apartment? And how do we create apartments that will stand the test of time and nurture those who live within them?

The panel will discuss how architects and developers are responding to BADS and the effect they have had on the standard of design across the state.

Good design can take on many forms and small apartments aren't necessarily poor apartments if they are well designed.

In recent times there has also been debate over the nature of more performance-based design standards in lieu of prescriptive, as a number of existing apartments which are considered to be good designs would fail the BADS criteria.

Collectivity Talks - Designing for Life
The Designing for Life panel.

The discussion panel will include pioneers of medium-density projects, Karen Alcock, Principal of MAArchitects, and Kerstin Thompson, Principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects, who will share their views on how to create projects with a sense of place, integrity, and solidity.

Kyle Reeve, Development Manager of ICON Developments, and Mike McCormack, Director of Milieu, will discuss how developers are taking an intelligent approach to respond to the changing needs of buyers. has previously highlighted projects from the panel members such as Breese Street by Milieu, Little Miller Street by KTA (with Breathe Architecture), and 122 Roseneath Street by ICON Developments (in partnership with Wulff Projects and Assemble projects).

The session, which will be hosted at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, will be moderated by Genevieve Brannigan, Director of Communications Collective.


Centre for Contemporary Photography

404 George St

Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia


6-9pm Wednesday

18 July 2018

Tickets to Designing for Life can be purchased here.

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir is one of the co-founders of Urban Melbourne. Laurence has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in both the private and public sector specialising in architecture, urban design and planning. He also has a keen interest in the built environment, cities and Star Wars.

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