Queensland Museum

Catching up with the Jetsons: Cities in 2050

13/03/2016 Griffith University Conservatorium Theatre
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Griffith University Conservatorium Theatre


S01, 140 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101




16:00 - 17:30


Adult: $30 Concession: $25
Cheryl Desha Participant Cheryl Desha
Antony Funnell Moderator Antony Funnell
Chris Luebkeman Participant Chris Luebkeman
Gerfried Stocker Participant Gerfried Stocker
Stefan Hajkowicz Participant Stefan Hajkowicz

The future just isn’t what it used to be! Our cities of the future will be where most of us live, work and play – but have we reached a tipping point in the 21st Century where the disadvantages of huge, sprawling, land-based metropolises are starting to outweigh the advantages?

Will our future cities take the shape of global concrete megacentres or integrated sustainable communities? How will we overcome the pressures of growth to create social oases where communities can thrive? The challenges of resource scarcity, aging populations, food and energy security and the mass movement of people are fundamental issues putting pressure on our expanding cities.

Join a group of leading thinkers to explore the future of the city and take a peek at the world of your future self.

Meet the speakers

Cheryl Desha is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Discipline Leader for Environmental Sciences within QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty. Her research focuses on methods and technologies for developing transformational solutions for thriving, resilient and liveable cities. This includes exploring nature’s potential to vacuum particulate matter from the air, air-condition buildings, streets and neighbourhoods, fight mosquito-borne diseases, filter our storm water runoff and improve our ability to recover from illness.

Antony Funnell is a Walkley award-winning broadcaster and the author of The Future and Related Nonsense (Harper Collins). He presents Future Tense on Radio National.

Stefan Hajkowicz is a senior principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency. He has devoted his career to helping governments, companies and communities comprehend patterns of change so they can make wiser choices and secure better futures. Stefan’s academic background is in geography, economics and decision theory.

Chris Luebkeman is a Global Director for Arup Foresight, where he formed the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation team (now Foresight + Research + Innovation). His passion for the built environment led him to study engineering, before completing a Doctorate in Architecture from ETH in Zurich. He gained valuable experience as the protégé of esteemed Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava, but later turned to his other love, education.
Chris Luebkeman appears with thanks to ARUP.

Gerfried Stocker is a media artist and telecommunications engineer. In 1991, he founded x-space, a team formed to carry out interdisciplinary projects, which produced numerous installations and performances featuring elements of interaction, robotics and telecommunications. He has been artistic director of Ars Electronica since 1995.

In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center’s pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up the facility’s in-house R&D department, the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
Gerfried Stocker appears with thanks to QUT.


Griffith University Conservatorium Theatre

S01, 140 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101