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Date: Tuesday 19 March 2019
Venue: AGSE Building, Room 202, Swinburne Hawthorn campus 50 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn, VIC 3122

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Please join us for an evening of discussion with leading built environment experts on the sharing economy

Can Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis be eased by better utilising existing housing stock? We explore the history of shared dwellings in Melbourne and socio-economic factors that made it popular. How could we make it more popular in Melbourne today? What are the benefits of sharing and what are the design implications?


  • Professor Ralph Horne, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, RMIT University, to discuss the context of the current housing system and organisation of households from a broad sustainability perspective and how this can be challenged
  • Associate Professor Flavia Marcello, Swinburne University, to discuss residential land use in inner Melbourne, the history of lodging and her research on new paradigms for aged care
  • Jacqui Alexander, Monash University PhD candidate studying the architecture of the sharing economy and its impact on the built environment
  • Chelsea Yu, Masters of Social Work student at Monash University and current Uniting Homeshare participant sharing her experience with the program and intergenerational living

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2019 organised by NGV in collaboration with Creative Victoria.