Urban Geography Workshop on Creativity and the Built Environment Nexus

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Japanese Room, Level 4, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design), Masson Rd, University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC 3010


Urban Geography Workshop on Creativity and the Built Environment Nexus

Tue 12th July @ 9.00am-1.00pm: PhD and Early Career Forum

Wed 13th July @ 9.00am-5.00pm: Workshop

Venue: Room 401 (Japanese Room), Glyn Davis Building, University of Melbourne, Australia

You are hereby invited to attend the Urban Geography workshop on the Creativity and the Built Environment Nexus, generously supported by the journal Urban Geography and the Melbourne School of Design.

This hybrid and free-to-attend workshop aims to bridge disciplinary divides in critically debating the reciprocal relationship between creativity and the built environment, which is ever more complex and fluid during (and post) the pandemic. It will provide a venue for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to theorise and operationalise their interfaces across multiple scales, geographies, methodologies, and temporalities.

A PhD and Early Career Forum (register here)  on the 12th will kick-start this 1.5-day workshop and focus on three meta-themes:

  • Economy, Productivity and Technology
  • Society, Institutions and Culture
  • Environment and Sustainability

The whole-day workshop on the 13th features a keynote speech from Professor Sharon Zukin, who will revisit SoHo in lower Manhattan, an artists' district that inspired her seminal book Loft Living. Renowned plenary speakers from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia will further explore and debate on the workshop's major themes across four sessions.

Workshop Programme

9-10am MSD Public Lecture Keynote: Sharon Zukin (CUNY)

10.20-11.40 Session 1

Innovation influencers        

Chair: Tan Yigitcanlar

11.40-1.00 Session 2

Future making

Chair: Julie Miao

2.00-3.20 Session 3

Design sustainability

Chair: Michele Acuto

3.40-5.00 Session 4

Creativity in the making        

Chair: Julie Miao

Mark Wilson (Michigan State)

Tan Yigitcanlar (QUT)

Matti Siemiatycki (Toronto)

Dan Hill (UoM)

James Dunn (McMaster)

Alice Comi (Tongji)

Sarah Bell (UoM)

Andy Pratt (City University)

HaeRan Shin (Seoul National)

Daniel Huppatz (Swinburn)

Wendy Steele (RMIT)

Robert Kloosterman & Jochem de Vries (Amsterdam)

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sharon Zukin, Professor Emerita of Sociology and of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York
  • Mark Wilson, Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and PHD Program Director, Michigan State University
  • James Dunn, Department Chair of Health Aging & Society, McMaster University
  • HaeRan Shin, Professor in the Department of Geography, Seoul National University
  • Tan Yigitcanlar, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Queensland University of Technology
  • Alice Comi, Associate Professor in Design and Innovation, Tongji University
  • Daniel Huppatz, Associate Professor in Architectural and Industrial Design, Swinburne University
  • Matti Siemiatycki, Professor and Director in Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
  • Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation, University of Melbourne
  • Wendy Steele, Professor of Sustainability and Urban Policy, RMIT
  • Dan Hill, Professor and Director of Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
  • Andy Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy and UNESCO Chair of Global Creative Economy, City University of London
  • Robert Kloosterman, Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, University of Amsterdam
  • Jochem de Vries, Chair, Associate Professor of urban and regional planning, University of Amsterdam

Morning/afternoon tea, lunch and networking opportunities will be provided for all in-person attendees. Registration is essential.

Organisers: Julie Miao; Nicholas Phelps; Michele Acuto; Daniel de O. Vasconcelos; Zhiyuan Li

Enquiries contact:
julie.miao@unimelb.edu.au or d.deoliveiravasconcelos@unimelb.edu.au