The coming decade promises to bring even more rapid innovation. The deployment of new technologies will open opportunities, bring disruption and shape new expectations.

Although ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne will need to face the global trends impacting many cities: intense urbanisation, the effects of climate change, shifting urban economies and population ageing.

To prepare for what lies ahead, the City of Melbourne together with RMIT University, are inviting the community to join the Future Melbourne 2026 conversation. This evening of six provocative, concise and fast-paced (Pecha Kutcha-style) presentations delivered by leading urban researchers will open new perspectives on Melbourne’s future growth and development.


  • Professor Jago Dodson: Walking in the electric dream
  • Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy: the 'Green City' and Nature in the City
  • Professor Tony Dalton: Housing Provision and Affordability
  • Dr Joe Hurley: Planning in a Growth City
  • Associate Professor Libby Porter: Indigenous Perspective on Melbourne
  • Dr Ian Woodcock: Urban Design
Audience members will be invited to participate in a Q&A panel discussion with the presenters.
This is your chance to help shape the conversation and the future of our city.


  • Free entry - Bookings essential
  • Location: Design Hub Theatre, Level 3 - Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton
  • Time: Monday 21 March 2016 17:30 - 19:30