Shaping Societies investigates a core claim of architecture and urban design; that good design makes better citizens. This year's speakers are leading practitioners with differing backgrounds, ages, approaches to practice and areas of expertise. Collectively they offer a diversity of subjects and viewpoints, from permanent buildings designed to foster communal life, to temporary frameworks that augment collective activities, to models of practice that allow deeper engagement, and finally the overarching political and economic drivers that define our cities today. Discussion will demonstrate a strong commitment to the relationship between people, communities and the spaces we inhabit – architecture as a social and cultural undertaking as well as a material or tectonic undertaking. Architecture for people.
CARME PINÓS (Barcelona): Founder of Estudio Carme Pinós and recipient of the prestigious Berkely-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize (2016). Carme is the designer of MPavilion 2018.
SASKIA SASSEN (New York City): A Robert S Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a member of its Committee on Global Thought, Saskia’s eight authored books have been translated into twenty languages. Also appearing at the Housing Futures Forum in Sydney on Friday 27 July.
JANE HALL & AUDREY THOMAS-HAYES (London): Members of democratic design collective Assemble, winners of the 2015 Turner Prize, enabling social and research-based work.
NICHOLAS LOBO BRENNAN (London): Co-founder of architecture, design and research collective Apparata, constructing buildings, furniture and books with an interest in communities and landscapes.
LIAM YOUNG (Los Angeles & London): Architect, filmmaker and performer concerned with imagining future urbanisms, and founder of the think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today.
RYUE NISHIZAWA (Tokyo): architect and the director of Office of Ryue Nishizawa, as well as the co-founder of SANAA, and the youngest ever recipient of the Pritzker Prize.