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Suburbia’s time in the sun: Keynote talk by Bernard Salt

How the coronavirus is reshaping the narrative of Australian urban life

The coming of the coronavirus has invigorated the suburbs via the work-from-home social experiment.  Employers and workers have been forced to rethink the way of work using new technology and adapting to new challenges.  The great realisation is that not everyone has to be in a city office or workplace five days a week.  After the pandemic recedes many will go back to commuting but many will remain committed to working from home or working near home.  The primacy of the CBD is diminished; the stocks of the suburbs are lifted.  The next generation of workers will argue for less commuting, more control over when and where skills are delivered.  In this brave new world of work the suburbs emerge as places of energy and of opportunity.  Indeed it could be that the 2020s are the suburbs’ time in the sun.

DESIGN Canberra is pleased to welcome Bernard Salt as a keynote speaker as part of the festival’s This Is Suburbia thread. This is a timely opportunity to lead conversations with the community about the spaces and places we want, need and deserve to survive and thrive.

About Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community. Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics.

He writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper and is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School. He is well known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the ‘Seachange Shift’, the ‘Man Drought’, ‘PUMCINS’ (pronounced pumkins) and the ‘Goats Cheese Curtain’. He is perhaps best known for popularising the phrase “smashed avocado” globally.

Bernard was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours.


This DESIGN Canberra virtual event will be presented by Bernard Salt from Melbourne and live streamed.

Book your tickets to attend this in-person streaming event to connect with other decision makers and thought leaders in suburban development, and have the chance to ask Bernard questions in the Q&A session after his presentation.

The online event will be delivered via Zoom Webinar. Please click the link below to join the webinar:

It will also be streamed on our Facebook page, which you can reach here: 

Suburbia’s time in the sun: Keynote talk by Bernard Salt
Tue 17 Nov 2020
Past event
Suburbia’s time in the sun:  Keynote talk by Bernard Salt

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