A New Suburban Ambition - the past and future of the Australian suburb

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPerformance/exhibition


A design-led and aspirational dialogue about future suburban transformations. The events simply ask, “what do we want our suburbs to become?”.

Ideas, experiences and the form of Australia’s suburbs have changed markedly in responses to climate change and population growth. Covid19 has given us cause to re-think the suburbs again. The various lengths and intensities of lockdowns during the pandemic exposed deficiencies in contemporary suburban living, as well as unearthed new spatial potentials amplified by the ingenuity of suburban dwellers.

While many uncertainties persist around the ways we will live and work in future, the ongoing transformation of the suburbs is inevitable. Working with designers, urban historians, policy makers, developers and residents alike, "A New Suburban Ambition" will look backwards and forwards to interrogate issues of dwelling diversity and suburban built form quality in the context of other contemporary challenges, such as shifting work patterns, changing suburban industrial landscapes, ecological repair, infrastructure upgrades and circular economies and resources.

Presented by Monash's Lee-Anne Khor, Seamus O'Hanlon, Simone Sharpe and Lionel Frost.

Period31 Mar 20215 Apr 2021
Event titleA New Suburban Ambition : The past and future of the Australian suburb
Event typeExhibition
LocationMelbourne, AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational