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Public invited to co-design future of Fed Square

Federation Square is inviting members of the public to participate in an event to co-design Melbourne’s premier public space.

The Hack Fed Square event will take place as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, to be held from 20 to 26 May.

The event will ask participants “how can we ensure Fed Square remains one of Melbourne’s key cultural landmarks and iconic meeting places – a space where creativity, curiosity and inspiration collide?”

Expressions of interest are sought from individuals and teams of up to six through an online form. Sixty participants will be chosen to take part in the Hack Fed Square event to devise solutions for Federation Square.

Selected participants will be briefed on the challenges Federation Square faces on the evening of 24 May. The following day, an intensive design hack session will see teams collaborate on creative planning and idea development. Teams will then have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges.

“Hack Fed Square is a fantastic initiative that continues Fed Square’s history of seeking out and responding to the input and ideas of members of our community in how to ensure that we remain Melbourne’s premier civic space,” said Jonathan Tribe, CEO of Fed Square.

“This event is a truly unique opportunity for members of the public to provide ideas that will shape the future of Fed Square and help us maintain our position as an iconic meeting place and cultural landmark.”

Registrations close 15 May. For more information, click here.

A part of Federation Square was proposed to be demolished to make way for a Foster and Partners Apple flagship store, in a deal struck between the Victorian government and Apple. However, it was denied a demolition permit by Heritage Victoria, prompting the Victorian government to announce that the proposed store “cannot proceed.” Instead the government will conduct a review of Federation Square’s financial and governance arrangements, which will also include public consultation.

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