2015 Research Summit

In its second year the full day Research Summit will bring together students, researchers academics and practitioners to explore the Festival theme This Public Life through the lenses Life + Death, Love + Longing and Participation + Spectacle. The Summit will encourage audience participation and discussion, and will conclude with the Student Design Competition Exhibition.

Date: Thursday 15 October 2015
Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Venue: The Dulux Gallery, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, Parkville. See map here.




Thursday 15 October

9.00am – 9.30am


9.30am – 10.00am

Keynote address

Ana Abram & Maj Plemenitas

10.00am – 11.30am

This Public Space Design Competition Pitches


11.30am – 12.00pm

Morning break

12.00pm – 12.15pm

Presentation: Decolonising Practices in Contemporary Landscape Architecture

Fiona Johnson

12.20pm – 12.35pm

Presentation: Quick Sinking: A Pacific Solution for Climate Refugees

Natalie de Sousa

12.40pm – 1.00pm

Presentation: Growing Islands Growing Nations

Lukas Pauer

1.00pm – 2.00pm


2.00pm – 2.30pm

Panel discussion: NEW/TERRITORIES


2.30pm – 2.45pm

Presentation: The Design Potentials of the Digital Model: New Modes of Design and Making

Jillian Walliss

2:45pm – 3:00pm Presentation: Enhancing The Human―Nature Connection Through Biophilic Design

Stephen Perry 

3:00pm – 3:15pm 

Presentation: The New Public Life of Death Kirsten Bauer

3:15pm – 3:30pm 

Presentation: Beirut’s Dalieh

Susan Molesky

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Panel discussion: Welcome to the Postmodern Sublime 

4:00pm – 4:30pm   Afternoon break / Jury deliberations 

4:30pm – 4:50pm 

Competition announcements 

4:50pm – 4:55pm 

Closing comments 
4:55pm – 5:30pm
Design Competition Exhibition 



Australasian Student Competition: This Public Space


This Public Space calls on students across Australia and New Zealand to work in teams to develop innovative design and programming strategies that make public spaces more inclusive. Drawing on Van Alen Institute’s multi-year exploration of the theme Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape and its recent series of public programs about ‘hangouts’ in New York City, This Public Space asks participants to consider: why do we seek escape from the city, and what forms of escape can we find within the urban environment? Read more.