OFC Committee Formed

The Our Future Cities Committee was established to get creative in designing the Our Future Cities program for 2019. With members from many disciplines and lots of passion, the program is in excellent hands!


Film Stars

OFC premiered a short film at the 2018 Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA)!!!

The short was screened alongside two feature films, The Experimental City and Bird of Prey.

During one session, our very own Dr Paul Satur joined a panel conversation with Valli Morphett (CEO CoDesign Studio), Dr Tanja Beer (Academic Fellow in Performance Design and Sustainability) and A/Prof Wendy Steele (RMIT University) exploring the future of our cities.

Giving Thanks

The 2018 seminar series and student competition were funded through the Port Phillip Bay Fund (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) and delivered in partnership with LOCI Environment & Place Inc, E2Designlab and the University of Melbourne

2018 Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to Chun Wai Choi, Laurensia Yap, Lingrui Luo, Yuk Chun Kwong and Yunxin Li of Arden Action, who were announced as the winners of the Our Future Cities student competition in 2018! See more of their entry and others here.


Introducing the Judges!

We are very excited to announce the panel of judges for the 2018 Our Future Cities Student Competition! We have Professor Tony Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Emily Mottram, Executive Director, Inner Melbourne, Victorian Planning Authority, Professor Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and Dr Nigel Bertram, Practice Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University.

Site Visit

The 2018 participants were able to get out in the field and visit the site that the competition brief is all about - the Arden Urban Renewal Precinct. With guest presenters including Ross Allen, of Ross Allen Consulting and Joseph Griffith, of Monash University - the day was eye-opening and full of learning!

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Public Seminars

Our Future Cities held a four-part public seminar series. We heard from those currently leading the way in shaping sustainable, liveable, socially just and resilient future cities.

From indigenous values to urban forestry, from water sensitive cities to active transport, from urban planning to climate resilience - participants were encouraged to question how to make our cities better.

  • How do we ensure thriving, healthy and enjoyable environments for our cities?

  • How do we create cities that connect, inspire and empower for action?

  • How do we foster resilience and intergenerational equity in our cities?

  • KEEPING IT REAL! Why innovation and interdisciplinary practices are crucial for transforming our future cities?

2018 Student Competition

The 2018 city challenge focused on the Arden Urban Renewal Precinct. This unique site challenged students to revitalise the industrial areas of North Melbourne and create vibrant neighbourhoods that reflect best practice urban design.

5 interdisciplinary teams of students from a range of different university disciplines tackled the challenge, with mind-blowing outcomes! See more here.


Our Future Cities Takes Shape!

Our Future Cities has partnered with Loci, to deliver a student competition in 2018. Loci Environment and Place Inc.  challenges practitioners from all urban fields to each play a role in making healthier places, people and environments.