Gold Coast, 26-28 March 2019


Day 1 – Tuesday, 26 March | Study Tours and Welcome Party


Day 2 – Wednesday, 27 March | Plenary Sessions and Twilight with Trade

9.00am - 4.00pmRegistration
Swing past our Registration Desk in the conference centre of The Star to collect your lanyard, which gives you access-all-areas for the 2019 UDIA National Congress.
10.40amUrban revolution: One home at a time Debbie Jackson, Interim Executive Director, Development, Enterprise and Environment, Greater London Authority | (UK)
Debbie Jackson, is tasked with responsibility for delivering targeted programs with maximum cultural, economic, social, and environmental impact.

Debbie is charged with delivering high quality growth and development in one of the most high-profile cities in the world. This is an opportunity to hear about the urban renewal journey of a city with 8.1 million residents from diverse backgrounds.
3.00pmFuture of Australian suburbs Joel Kotkin | USA
New York Times calls demographer and university professor Joel Kotkin America’s uber-geographer and he’s coming to share his insights on the future of Australian cities. His expertise on class trends in America offer important lessons on delivering income growth and home ownership for the lower and middle classes.

Day 3 – Thursday, 28 March | Plenary sessions and National Awards for Excellence

9.35amHomebuyers of tomorrow Claire Madden, Social Researcher and Demographer
Time waits for no man (or woman) and the children and teenagers of today are the homebuyers of tomorrow. Developers must get a handle on what these shifting demographics mean for marketing product to these future buyers. Current models are going to be disrupted by Generations Z and Alpha, so this session will help provide insights you can take away and use to prepare your business for the change that is coming.
10.15amPeople make places: Sparking urban regeneration Richard Florida, Urbanist and Founder of the Creative Class (via video conference)
Labelled the “rockstar of regeneration” US Professor Richard Florida has built a business off his blueprint for urban creativity that has influenced placemakers for the past 15 years. His theory was that cities should embrace technology, talent, and tolerance to attract creative workers who would ultimately spark urban regeneration. His placemaking theories has received international attention and MIT named him the world’s Most Influential Thought Leader in 2013.
10.55amThe ins and outs of co-living Ben Provan, Open Door
We think it’s time to take the “commune” out of the co-living perception and have a serious look at this alternate form of housing. Co-living is gaining momentum here and we’d like to understand what it is, and isn’t, about. We believe there are development opportunities within this space as the approach tackles affordability as well as caters to the demand of younger generations used to a shared economy.
2.15pmConstructing Tomorrow Michael Marks, Katerra (USA)
There is a massive opportunity globally to innovate how we construct buildings. Our members are Australian developers and as employers of construction companies are uniquely placed to help encourage innovation. We will hear about the successes in changing the way buildings are constructed to deliver time and cost efficiencies and Michaels ground breaking approach to delivering better developments.

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