School of Property, Construction & Project Management

Invitation to Melbourne Forum


Melbourne Forum, November 24

Densification and urban futures

High-density living has been viewed as a key strategy to manage urban growth, and is increasingly becoming a feature in city planning. The increasing number and scale of high-density developments, usually in the form of multi-storey apartments, have had state government intensification policies around metropolitan planning come under review.

This Forum will address the physical aspects of building climatology and urban microclimate. There will also be a comprehensive discussion on understanding the interaction within buildings, between buildings and the surrounding outdoor spaces.

Register Here

Register: Click here to find out more and register. All attendees must register for catering purposes.

Date: Thursday, November 24.

Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Presentations will finish at approximately 7.30pm, followed by networking drinks and finger food until 9pm.

Venue: The Treasury Theatre, Lower Plaza, 1 Macarthur St, East Melbourne. Take the stairs next to the white umbrellas in the courtyard, down to the lower plaza. The theatre is on the left, under the stairs.


Leanne Hodyl

Leanne Hodyl, Hodyl + Co

Hodyl will address the following questions: To what degree is high-rise living meeting the needs of residents, both now and in the longer term? What planning and design policies need to be in place to ensure a tower apartment is also a home?

Matthaios Santamouris

Professor Matthaios Santamouris, UNSW

Santamouris will discuss the urban heat island and its serious impact on the energy consumption of buildings during summer periods. He will also cover the impact on the environmental quality of the indoor and outdoor spaces, as well the repercussions on human health. Mitigation techniques to counter-balance the impact of climate change and the urban heat island effect will be presented.

Andrew Carre

Andrew Carre, RMIT University

Carre’s presentation will provide a brief overview of a number of contemporary research projects being undertaken at RMIT’s Sustainable Building Innovation Lab. The projects discussed will relate to the ways in which Melbourne’s existing indoor and outdoor environments can be assessed and what might be learned from such contemplation.

Priyadarsini Rajagopalan

Forum chair: Priyadarsini Rajagopalan, Director, Sustainable Building Innovation Lab (SBi Lab), School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University.

This is a free event – please forward this invitation to your colleagues.

More information about the speakers and their topics, along with presentations from previous Melbourne Forums are available for download from the Melbourne Forum website.


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