Past Event

Hot Cities: Speculative Design, Artistic Visions and Practical Policy

RMIT Urban Futures Enabling Impact Platform and the International Institute for Applied Systems (IIASA) Analysis, Vienna


Thu 25 May 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Composite, Collingwood Yards
Collingwood Yards, Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Wheelchair accessible

The future is being shaped by a warming climate and rapidly urbanizing world. The result is an increase in extreme heat waves, droughts, floods, storms and catastrophic fires impacting cities and their communities.

Bringing together transdisciplinary research, speculative design, artistic visions and practical policy from experts in Thailand to Togo, Australia, Europe, the UK, USA and Canada, this interactive panel argues that radically creative and ethically innovative responses to the urban heat problem are urgently needed.

The panel are contributing authors to a new book Hot Cities: A Transdisciplinary Agenda which synthesizes the latest research with practical policy, emphasizing positive environmental and socially just outcomes and regeneration.

Humanity’s relationship with the planet comes with responsibilities of care and repair that pass to next generations and all forms of life. For all their problems, cities are likely to be the best and safest places to be in the climate and heat challenged near future.

Drawing on real world examples, the speakers highlight some of the diverse ways in which this vital work is already underway at this critical juncture in history – as the world races to keep global warming temperatures to well below two degrees.


Jody Graham
John Handmer
Simon Kerr
Jo Lane
Ian McShane
Libby Porter
Lauren Rickards
Ben Sibley
Wendy Steele

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