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Visible City: inclusion, access and empowerment

Today’s public spaces have broadened beyond their early promotion of civic engagement and healthy spirits. Our public spaces are a reflection of the society that creates them. Decisions made about the future of our city reflect the values of a community at that moment in time, made manifest in the symbolic form of its buildings and landscapes. How can contemporary urban renewal make visible Canberra’s distinctive design identity, transformative processes and the hopes and dreams of our community?

‘The Visible City’ is an urban renewal series of public conversations presented as part of the DESIGN Canberra festival. The series brings together international, inspirational and sometimes radical perspectives with contemporary case studies in urban renewal to inform Canberra’s ambitious CBD renewal as it transitions form and function. This event asks: how do we make visible an accessible, inclusive and equitable community in an ongoing, creative and tangible way?

At each forum, three speakers will give a 15-20 minute presentations on the topic (with AV), then engage in a public conversation with each other and the audience. We will present three forums throughout the festival.



DESIGN Canberra Festival Hub
Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra , ACT

Griffin Blueprint Dish, Mitchell Brooks and Dan Lorrimer. Photo: Lean Timms
Presented as part of the annual DESIGN Canberra festival (4-24 November 2019) which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design. A Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre initiative.