Eighteen grand designs that will shape Brisbane and its nine sister cities in the future will be revealed at Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition, Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific.

Presented with Architecture Media and running in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Architecture Forum (1 to 14 March), Living in the city will showcase some of the region’s most exciting projects currently under development.

Through the use of architectural models, plans and 3D renderings, visitors will get a preview of monumental local projects such as the new Queensland State Velodrome for the Commonwealth Games, James Street Hotel and Coorparoo Square, which was previously the site of Queensland’s first Myer department store.

Living in the city will also showcase projects from the Asia-Pacific region, designed by both Australian and international architecture firms, including China’s 431-metre high iconic Chongqing IFC Tower, Shenzhen’s Affordable Housing Design and an ambitious five-star island resort in Abu Dhabi.

Museum of Brisbane Deputy Director Christopher Salter, who is co-curating the exhibition with Architecture Media Editorial Director Cameron Bruhn, says Living in the city will give an insight into the region’s future, from immense residential towers and luxurious private homes, to state-of-the-art sporting facilities.

“Architecture can reveal the personality of a city and this exhibition shows how similar life is to our neighbours in the region – how we live, work and play,” he says.

“It also poses some interesting questions, like what will city living look like in 20 years as the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow? Is Brisbane heading in the same direction as the other emerging cities in our neighbouring countries?”

Cameron Bruhn says the centrepiece of Living in the city will be the rare opportunity to see the work of some of the world’s most talented architects.

“This exhibition is an exclusive preview of the future of Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, where viewers can see how ground-breaking projects come to life, from conception to completion,” he says.

Living in the City will run from Friday 19 February until Sunday 22 May.

A program of events will accompany the exhibition, including curator talks, workshops, comedy show Man about the Museum, and panel discussions. For more information visit www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

Museum of Brisbane is located on level three of Brisbane City Hall and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.