An architectural guide to 2020 Melbourne Design Week

Melbourne Design Week will return for its fourth consecutive year in March with a bumper program of more than 300 events over 11 days.

Themed “How can design shape life?,” the program is divided into five broad pillars: design culture, waste, healthy cities, waterfront, and design evolution.

“From tackling e-waste to creating healthy cities and driving sustainability, design has the capacity to improve the way we live and address the challenges of our times,” said Victorian creative industries minister Martin Foley. “This year’s action-packed program extends across greater Melbourne, and to Geelong, celebrating design in all its facets and shining a light on the designers who are shaping our lives – now and in the future.”

ArchitectureAU has assembled an itinerary of architectural highlights:

Francis Kéré: Architecture Shapes Like

Born in Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré emigrated to Germany where he was awarded a scholarship to apprentice in architecture. In this lecture, Kéré will explore how architecture has shaped his life and share his vision for how it can contribute to the future of Africa.

Robin Boyd annual keynote lecture: NMBW | Observation Matters

This year the Robin Boyd keynote lecture shines a spotlight on an outstanding local practice NMBW. Founding directors Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean and Nigel Bertram will present a series of projects through the lens of how decisions are made and values are embedded.

A Royal Commission into the state of Australian cities

In this mock Royal Commission, built environment experts will be called to the witness box to discuss some of the most pressing issue facing Australian cities, including the climate and biodiversity emergency and defects crisis in the construction industry.

Designing a legacy

Comedian Tim Ross will present a new live show in which he meets the families who have lived in some of Australia’s most notable modernist houses designed by Robin Boyd, Roy Grounds, Ken Woolley and John Andrews.

Make good: The Fitzroy Housing Repair Advisory Service

This exhibition will explore the work of the The Fitzroy Housing Repair Advisory Service, an architect-led community service founded in 1975 to provide advice on housing repairs and building issues for those who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

Philippe Block: The future master builder

Swiss academic Philippe Block leads a team experimenting with new building materials at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich. In this lecture, Block will discuss digital design and fabrication and the role of the future master builder.

Architecture of the present: John Wardle and Matthew Bird in conversation

This conversation between architects John Wardle and Matthew Bird will explore the concept of architecture as a choreographer of experience, as well as new methods of collaboration and the convergence of architectural and artistic practice.

The learning city

Grimshaw will present a talk and panel discussion on the evolution of places for learning, living and working in the city and the increasing fluidity between these once distinct typologies. Grimshaw is also presenting a range of its projects from Australia and globally in an exhibition titled Evolution.

Good design and heritage: When new meets old

The Heritage Council of Victoria and the Office of Victorian Government Architect will assemble a panel of experts to discuss how good design and heritage can coexist to create buildings and places for communities of the past and the future.

AA Roundtable: Rights and Reclamations

Architecture Australia will present a panel discussion that explores Indigenous experiences around land and intersections with the built environment, and how architects can facilitate Blak design sovereignty.

2020 Victorian Architecture Awards: Presentations to juries

A perennial highlight of Melbourne Design Week, the Victorian Architecture Awards jury presentations are an opportunity for both the architectural community and the public to see architects present their projects across 11 major categories and hear behind the scenes insights on the design process from conception to completion.

Pump up the volume

Chamberlain Architects will host an exhibition and panel discussion investigating what volume housing would be if architects involved today. The event is inspired by the success of the RVIA Small Homes Service headed by Robin Boyd in the 1960s. The panel discussion will be moderated by Houses editor Gemma Savio.

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