Suburbia’s time in the sun: Bernard Salt

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 was 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.

Above is a highlight video of the talk. If you would like to watch the full recording of the event, please contact

Suburbia’s time in the sun: Bernard Salt
Photo: 5 Foot Photography

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.