Public discussion: Footscray University Town

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Wednesday 5 November 2014

Join us for a conversation on local, national and international interpretations of the 'University Town' concept, one that is growing in profile in Australia.

Charles Landry will be joined by Rob McGauran and Susan Street to discuss the urban change planned for Footscray to turn it into Footscray University Town.

By working together Maribyrnong Council and Victoria University plan to bring about urban, economic and social renewal and be a catalyst to generate confidence, investment and employment in Footscray and in Melbourne’s west. The outcome will be to generate rapid economic and social change and continue building Footscray’s reputation as an arty, edgy and exciting place.


Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. Charles invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980s and continues to help cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.

Rob McGauran

Rob McGauran is a principal of MGS Architects and working closely with Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council on planning for the Footscray University Town program. He has also led the masterplans for Monash University Caulfield and Clayton campuses as University Architect, and the Urban Design Framework for the University of Tasmania. His built projects are known for their innovation, relevance to contemporary issues and community focus. Rob is a former member of the Priority Development Panel, Chair of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, and Chapter and National Councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

Susan Street

Susan Street is the Executive Director of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Precincts, which includes the Creative Industries Precinct and Urban Village at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane, and encompasses the University's arts venues including the William Robinson Gallery and the QUT Art Museum. Susan is currently chair of the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) board of trustees, and formerly the executive dean of QUT's Creative Industries Faculty and head of Dance at QUT.

Footscray University Town events

This event is among a range of Footscray Uni Town events brought to you as part of the ongoing Footscray University Town partnership between VU and Maribyrnong City Council. 

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5 November 2014, 5:00pm to 7:00pm