New City Research

New City Research is a forum created by Jan van Schaik which speculates on new ways that the planning, architecture, construction, financial and creative industries inform the complex relationships between the economic, social, political, physical and cultural components of cities.

New City Research hosts discussions with energy entrepreneurs, architects, cultural commentators, demographers, sociologists, statisticians, urban designers, economists, developers, creative practitioners, agricultural scientists and local indigenous communities, and will seek input from new and existing city constituents to inform speculative typological designs for cities.

Research Team

New City Research research investigators are: Esther Anatolitis, Martyn Hook, Emma Jackson, Mark Jacques, Paul Minifie, Cameron Newnham and Jan van Schaik.

Partners & Supporters

New City Research is a D___Lab project aligned with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and supported by the RMIT School of Architecture & Design, the RMIT Design Hub, the CSIRO, Open Work and MvS Architects.


New City Research contributors for 2016 are: Rueben Berg, Conrad Hamann, Peter Beilharz, Tom Nicholson, Ros Abercrombie and Paul Carter.


Click on the links to listen to the lectures.

1.Rueben Berg

Wed 10 August 2016

2. Conrad Hamann

Wed 17 August 2016

3. Peter Beilharz

Wed Aug 24, 2016

4. Marcus Westbury

Wed 14 September 2016

5. Tom Nicholson

Wed 21 September 2016

6. Pippa Conolly & Jeff Robinson

Wed 27 September 2016

7. Catherine Cashmore

Wed 28 September 2016

8. Ros Abercrombie

Wed 5 October 2016

9. Paul Carter

Wed 12 October 2016