Design Futures

WED 21 & 28 SEP, WED 5 & 12 OCT
6PM ARRIVAL FOR 6.30–7.30PM
NGV Theatre
NGV Australia, Federation Square

Design touches every aspect of our lives, shaping our homes and cities, and defining how we work, learn and connect with the world. Design Futures asks industry leaders to explore the potential of design as an agent of change as they look ahead and anticipate how their world may be transforming.Join our host Michael Short, chief editorial writer and columnist for The Age, as he asks us to consider how design could shape the future of energy, mobility, money and water.

Individual $16 M / $20 A / $18 C
Series $53 M / $66 A / $60 C

BOOK SERIES

ENERGY

WED 21 SEP

The journey from high-carbon centralised utilities to low-carbon distributed systems.

Samantha Coras looks across the energy landscape to speculate on the disruptive design and innovation opportunities that might reshape the ways that energy is captured, stored, traded and valued.

Samantha brings 15 years of engineering science and design experience to the conversation and currently leads design, construction and product delivery in Asia Pacific for First Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions.

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MOBILITY

WED 28 SEP

Radical ideas changing the way we move.

Michael Smart wants to change the way we move. He’s working on ways that international travel could be radically transformed – he’s forecasting hypseronic technology and a future of international and space travel.

Michael is an award-winning space craft designer and scramjet (supersonic combusting ramjet) engineer. For 10 years he worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. His current role is head of University of Queensland’s HyShot Group within the UQ Centre for Hypersonics.

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MONEY

WED 5 OCT

Globalisation, digitisation – tech start-ups changing the future of money.

Fintech entrepreneurs are disrupting every area of financial services from peer-to-peer lending and crowd funding to automated advice, capital markets, crypto-currencies and more.Hear from Alex Scandurra, CEO of Fintech Incubator Stone & Chalk and previous co-founder of Barclays Bank’s fintech accelerator program, on the future of money and what financial services may look like, drawing on his experience helping to foster and accelerate world-leading tech start-ups in Australia.

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WATER

WED 12 OCT

Water scarcity. A complex global problem requiring transformative solutions.

Globally we are experiencing accelerated competition for limited water resources. How can design work as a transformative function that responds to the challenges of managing this essential resource in a rapidly-changing and complex world?

Rosalea Monacella, presents the potential futures for water, utilising design as a responsive agent. Rosalea is a multi-award winning researcher, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University and Co-Director of OUTR (Office of Urban Transformation Research).

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