The CC team attended DesignBUILD in Sydney and helped curate the speaker series program which featured three of our own Collectivity Talks.

We were pleased to collaborate with journalists Jen Melocco (Editor of Domain Prestige and Domain Magazine), Stephanie Stefanovic (Assistant Editor at Architecture & Design) and Jake McCallum (Urban Affairs Reporter at News Corp) who moderated the panel events.

Here is a recap of our topics and panellists that we were delighted to have involved in the first Sydney editions of Collectivity Talks.

Collectivity Talks: How can architects and urban planners plan for a big Australia?

Architects and urban planners both play a role in achieving good design and the talk saw how a successful ‘big Australia’ can be achieved.
Our expert panel lineup included Rob Mirams from Fender Katsalidis, David Tickle from HASSELL, Karima Palafox from Urbis and Professor Craig Allchin from UTS who all see the need for three CBDs in Sydney.

Collectivity Talks: The rise of luxury in Australia’s built environment.

The demand for luxury real estate in Australia exceeds the global average. Looking at design and property development, the talk saw William Smart from Smart Design Studio, Michelle Ciesielski from Knight Frank Australia and Luke Berry from Thirdi Group discuss the forces driving high-end outcomes. The panellists agreed that the luxury boom is far from over and we expect to see even more ultra-premium residences hit the market in Australia.

Collectivity Talks: Are our cities smart enough? Exploring the connection between technology, sustainability and building resilience.

Lisa McLean from OpenCities, Dr Simone Zarpelon Leao from UNSW and author Davina Jackson discussed how technology and sustainability can come together to enhance cities in Australia. The all-female line-up of experts believe that while there is a lot of initiative in Australia, but there’s a lot more work still to do. Looking at cities globally the panellists discussed ways we can deliver safer, smarter and sustainable places to live locally.