Let the Citizens Shape the City: From ‘bounce-back’ to a ‘new normal’

When: Monday 16 November, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Zoom Webinar
How much: Free!
More info: MPavilion website

Are we at risk of wasting a good crisis?

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been calls for a ‘new normal’ to be established—one where government investment and policy is redirected to support urban initiatives that make our cities greener, more equitable and inclusive.

But how can this happen when corporations and governments are chasing a quick stimulus? What avenues exist to elevate community voices so they can drive an agenda for change?

As part of MPavilion 2020 and in partnership with MGS Architects, you’re invited to hear key leaders from state government, the NFP sector and ethical businesses as they discuss concrete ways citizens can be involved in the often-opaque world of political decision making—particularly in planning and development. This discussion will explore the value of citizen juries, participatory planning processes, participatory budgeting, new governance frameworks and even the simple act of writing to your MP.


Participate – Brighid Sammon, Senior Policy Advisor DELWP and positive planning advocate

Deliberate – Anna Keldermann, Director, Shape Urban, planner and facilitator of codesign and other deliberative processes

Invest – Ross Harding, Director, Finding Infinity and A New Normal

Advocate – Tania Davidge, Architect, Director, OoPLA (formerly Open HAUS), President Citizens for Melbourne

Moderator – Katherine Sundermann, Urban Designer and Associate Director, MGS Architects

[Image: Katherine Sundermann]