Design for all: 2018 Melbourne Design Week’s top grassroots events

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Citizen-led housing developments workshop.

Citizen-led housing developments workshop.

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It takes a village to…

It takes a village to…

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International Indigenous Design Charter launch

International Indigenous Design Charter launch

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Heritage, activism, architecture.

Heritage, activism, architecture.

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Good design and heritage. Pictured: Albert Park College Environmental Arts Hub by Six Degrees Architects, which received the 2017 Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage.

Good design and heritage. Pictured: Albert Park College Environmental Arts Hub by Six Degrees Architects, which received the 2017 Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage. Image: Simon James

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The Naked Architect.

The Naked Architect. Image: Simon Shiff

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Exlab: Experiments in furniture fabrication.

Exlab: Experiments in furniture fabrication.

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New Architects Melbourne #25.

New Architects Melbourne #25. Image: Sharon Crabb

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Parlour Autumn Salon.

Parlour Autumn Salon.

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From heritage and activism to a proposal for a floating pool on the Yarra River, ArchitectureAU rounds up the grassroots and citizen-led events that explore the ways design can benefit everyone.

Citizen-led housing developments workshop.

Citizen-led housing developments workshop

18 March, Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

Presented by Property Collectives and urban designer Katherine Sundermann, this workshop will explore the benefits and challenges of creating housing collectives for apartment development projects as an alternative to the investment-driven development model. Participants will be guided through a series of activities that explore how to allocate budgets, space, negotiate town planning controls and the collective generation of a design.

It takes a village to…

It takes a village to…

20 March, Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

Andy Fergus, Elissa McMillan and Amy Brand will facilitate a workshop that will explore the social, environmental and architectural contributions to Melbourne’s suburbs that make the city more resilient. The workshop will be accompanied by an exhibition of case study examples taken from neighbourhoods around Melbourne. Participants may draw inspiration from the case studies to generate ideas for precincts in Melbourne’s inner, middle and outer suburbs.

International Indigenous Design Charter launch

International Indigenous Design Charter launch

16 March, Koorie Heritage Trust

Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV) will present the launch of the International Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design – a self-regulated best-practice guide for the rights of indigenous stakeholders. The launch will also include a panel discussion with architect Jefa Greenway (IADV and University of Melbourne), Elly Chatfield, Russell Kennedy and Meghan Kelly (Deakin University) and other design stakeholders. The speakers will discuss strategies in ethically applying Indigenous knowledge and engagement to enhance design thinking.

Heritage, activism, architecture.

Heritage, activism, architecture

21 March, NGV International

Gender equity advocacy organization Parlour will present a conversation with Jessica Halliday, director of Te Pūtahi – Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City-making, and professor Paul Walker, professor of architecture at the University of Melbourne. The conversation will explore the ways in which heritage advocates, artists and activists challenged the New Zealand Government’s responses to demolish significant parts of Christchurch following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. It will also explore the inventive ways these alliances found to reactivate the city and engage communities.

Good design and heritage. Pictured: Albert Park College Environmental Arts Hub by Six Degrees Architects, which received the 2017 Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage. Image:  Simon James

Good Design and Heritage

15 March, Treasury Theatre, Lower Plaza

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) will present a talk with leading heritage experts who will discuss the principles of good design and heritage and present some great examples. In 2017, the OVGA published a guide intended to “raise awareness of good design and promote discussion about its benefits and value.”

The Naked Architect. Image:  Simon Shiff

The Naked Architect: A guide to commissioning and working with a residential architect

24 March, Grimshaw

Open House Melbourne and Architeam, with the support of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, will present a workshop aimed at providing prospective clients with the knowledge to engage a residential architect. The Naked Architect first ran as a six-part series of workshops held at architect-designed homes across Melbourne.

Exlab: Experiments in furniture fabrication.

Exlab: Experiments in furniture fabrication

15–23 March, Melbourne School of Design

Graduate students of the Melbourne School of Design will present an exhibition of small furniture pieces that feature unlikely materials. The studio, led by Jas Johnston and Adam Markowitz, challenged students to consider the manipulation of material qualities and drive innovation through the making process. The results are beautiful, unusual and functional objects. 

New Architects Melbourne #25. Image:  Sharon Crabb

New Architects Melbourne #25

16 March, Nest Architects Studio

Themed “Humble Beginning,” the 25th session of New Architects Melbourne will explore the complexities of launching an architecture studio. New Architects Melbourne began in 2011 with a series of informal events that gathered architects who had recently started their own practice to present their work to each other. It later evolved into a community that holds regular events, providing a platform for emerging architects to share stories and discuss issues affecting their practice.

Parlour Autumn Salon.

Parlour Autumn Salon

15 March, Testing Grounds

Parlour will host a networking event for architects and other women active in the built environment. Hayball directors Anne Lau and Fiona Young will present a short public conversation, which will be followed by networking drinks.

See also ArchitectureAU’s editor’s picks of 2018 Melbourne Design Week events.


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