Future Housing

Global Cities and Regional Problems
Event Date: June 9-10, 2016
Abstract Date: March 20, 2016
Prof. Esther Charlesworth. Founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (Australia) | Dr. Tom Alves. Office of the Victorian Government Architect


For the Asia Pacific region there is a complex and at times contradictory set of issues affecting life in cities. Some countries are experiencing rapid growth and unprecedented urbanisation, others are dealing with an ageing population immigration and shrinking cities. While some authorities are struggling with the environmental implications of these changes others are employing technologically advanced initiatives. Reflecting this paradoxical context, examples of planning, urban and architectural design across the region vary greatly. The neo-liberal models largely employed in Australian cities differ radically from those in China which, in turn, differ from those in Thailand and Singapore. Similarly, building adaption, evident in some places, is simply not an option elsewhere – where tabla-rasa scenarios are presented as the ideal model of development.

What results from all of this are inconsistencies in the way the cities of the Asia Pacific Rim move forward. Nowhere is this more evident than in housing. As changing living requirements develop, new demographic patterns emerge, and economic and political imperatives morph, the ways in which planners, politicians, economists, developers, architects and designers respond inevitably contrasts. What represents re-development of neighbourhoods in one country can be seen as the destruction of communities in the next. The refurbishment of old houses in one place is seen as the erasure of heritage in another, and government intervention in one city can be interpreted as state control elsewhere. The issue is complex and the problem titanic.

In the palimpsest context of the Asia Pacific region in which all design professionals work across national boundaries, this conference brings together diverse people around the issue of housing. It aims to understand the complexity and variety of the issues at play, to explore specific examples of best and worst practice, and facilitate the sharing of ideas essential in this multi-layered present and future. It is our belief that issues from one country are pertinent in another, and that the lessons of past developments are useful today.


  • Urban Design
  • Housing
  • Governance
  • Community Studies
  • Sociology
  • Design
  • Human Geography
  • Art Activism
  • Architecture
  • Planning

Key Dates

Abstract Submissions
20 March 2016
Abstract Feedback
30 March 2016
Full Paper Submissions
20 May 2016
Registration closes (to guarantee a place, register by 5th May)
30 May 2016
09-10 June 2016
Feedback for publication
10 July 2016
Resubmission of Full papers
20 August 2016
Publication of Full papers
01 September 2016


Housing and Communities
Affordable living, gentrification, participation in housing design urban regeneration; affordable housing in newly affluent areas; community management
DesignEconomics and Building
Financial models in the construction industry; economic models for housing projects; government policy and housing
The need for passive design in global cities, resilience in design, sustainable construction
City Planning
Private development, spatial planning, city and neighborhood density, zoning and affordability
Architectural Design
building adaptation, new build, design and adaptability, design and costs of construction


The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats:

Conference Presentations (20 minutes)
Written Papers (3,000 words) *
Alternative Proposals Pecha Kucha; short films; photo essays etc.


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.


Image: Kirsten Day