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Housing the Future 

Peter Mares, Louise Crabtree, Jeremy McLeod

Young people are being priced out of the housing market, and homelessness is on the rise. How can we rethink housing in Australia so we all have a roof over our heads?

Hosted by Jess Scully.

In the Concert Hall Northern Foyer.

Talks & Ideas | Antidote 

“Feeling safe in the world relies on having somewhere to live”


Courtney Barnett

Can the Australian Dream be within everyone's reach?

Shelter is a basic human right, but across Australia and the world, it's increasingly becoming impossible for ordinary citizens to buy property, or even find a stable place to live. 116,427 people were counted as being homeless in the 2016 census, up on previous years. It's going to take more than giving up avocado toast for most millennials to squeeze themselves into the property market in most Australian capital cities. Join this panel of experts for a look into the future of housing, from radical new economic models to design solutions, and find a crack of light in what is often a pretty bleak housing picture.

More about the speakers...

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher. He is a contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story, a senior moderator with the Cranlana Programme and an adjunct fellow in the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University. Peter was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years, serving as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presenting national radio programs. His 2016 book, Not Quite Australian: How Temporary Migration Is Changing the Nation, was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Dr Louise Crabtree is a senior research fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Louise is the leading academic authority on permanently affordable home ownership in Australia, including community land trusts and cooperatives. She leads research teams in extensive partnership with government, housing, corporate, and community agencies.

Jeremy McLeod is the founding Director of Breathe Architecture, a team of dedicated Architects that have built a reputation for delivering high quality design and sustainable Architecture for all scale projects. Breathe Architecture has been focusing on sustainable urbanisation and in particular have been investigating how to deliver more affordable urban housing to Melbournians.

Jess Scully is a curator who uses creativity to engage communities in the knowledge economy and with urban life in the digital century. She was the founding curator of Vivid Ideas, Australia’s largest creative industries event, and has previously worked as a policy advisor, public art curator, radio host and magazine editor. She is an elected Councillor for the City of Sydney, part of the Clover Moore Independent Team.

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