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


Date: Tuesday 27th March 2018
Time: 6:00 PM sharp to 7:30 PM
Doors open: 5:30pm
Venue: City of Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub,
506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: This is a free event, but spaces are limited!


“Interdisciplinarity” and “Innovation”… there is no denying it, we hear these terms a lot. From our lecturers, to our colleagues and employers... even our politicians love to throw these around from time to time. But what are they really about, and why are these so important to the future of our cities? Our forth and final seminar for 2018 will explore just this. Join us as we seek to get at what is at the heart of these principles and how they can be used to go beyond the ‘best practices’ of today to ensure the vibrant future cities of tomorrow. In this Seminar Helen Rowe will delve into here wealth of industry experience to provide insight into the benefits of interdisciplinary processes for achieving outcomes for urban place-making and transport. While Jon Shinkfield  will conclude our seminar series in discussing the value of innovation and interdisciplinary principles for the cultural enhancement and sustainability of our cities








Helen Rowe is a Principal at Co Design Studio where she uses the principles of community-led place making and tactical urbanism to engage local communities and create thriving places. She has over 12 years experience in transport, urban planning and engagement gained through positions with the Victorian State Government from transport policy to planning, community consultation and program delivery, as well as consulting and research roles.

Jon Shinkfield is the Founding Director of REALMstudios. Jon sees projects through a landscape architectural and urban design lens, viewing them as city making opportunities and framed by his deep interest in the relationship between landscape systems, people and place. His work has been recognised through various awards, competition wins and publications, including significant master planning; E-Gate in Melbourne, Masdar Carbon Neutral City in Abu Dhabi and Seoul Grand Park in Korea.