RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research is pleased to invite you to Massimo Santanicchia’s special seminar: Amphibious Living in Iceland.

The lecture will examine how energy – primarily in the form of geothermal water – can be used as a tool to create sustainable urban living. It focuses on the small town of Hveragerði (2,300 inhabitants) located in the south west of Iceland. In this context Amphibious Living investigates the power of design to generate a new strategy for the community by supporting a politics of small things. This involves incremental amelioration, retrofitting existing infrastructures, and protecting human scale and sense of place, by enhancing the endogenous resources, primarily geothermal water, and developing processes of participation in the city making.

Massimo Santanicchia is Assistant Professor in Architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík.

Read the full brief here.


Swanston Academic Building, Building 80, Level 9, Room 6, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000


Friday, 12 February 2016


Free entry, booking essential