Toxic City? Symposium

Presented by the NGV, Foreground and The New York Times

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As the global population heads towards nine billion, science heralds news of humans indelibly altering nature’s balance. Cities and the systems that sustain them – food, water, and energy – are major factors in climate change and the interlinked cycles of waste and pollution. As national governments argue, cities are leading the way and becoming testing grounds for a better future. This high-energy, provocative symposium brings together local and international experts to examine the scale of the problems ahead and to ask how we might build cleaner, healthier, more resilient cities, confronting the systemic problems that are poisoning them in the first place.


Craig Reucassel, Jury Chair, ABC’s War on Waste
Bonnie Herring, Director, Breathe Architecture
Ross Harding, Founder, Finding Infinity
Prof Sue Anne Ware, Head of School, Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Joost Bakker, Visionary, disruptor and environmental activist


Virtual floods, smart highways and smog-sucking towers; Roosegaarde pulls technology out of the screens to examine and activate solutions to improve daily life in urban environments. In his interactive talk, Roosegaarde will explore the social role of design and the importance of ‘Schoonheid’ (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness), along with his vision for the future.

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’, building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and won Design Project of the Year at the 2018 Dezeen Awards.

For more information on Daan Roosegaarde visit Landscapes of the Future