Design Canberra Festival

Now in it’s fourth iteration, the DESIGN Canberra festival celebrates the history and future of Australia’s capital as an experimental laboratory for design. Over the course of the three week programme, the city and its surrounds will be transformed into a platform for over 100 dynamic events, including exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, installations, open days and urban activations. To help you get an early grip on the very jam-packed rotation of events, we’ve put together a short-list of top picks from the Assemble Papers team.

Design as a democratic force
Join an assemblage of designers, optimists and sceptics to discuss design for social good. How can design be used to reshape human systems for the better? Are optimism and scepticism in design mutually exclusive? How can we distill the best of both worlds?

Play Symposium: play for a vital and sustainable city
A symposium exploring opportunities for designing play in the 21st century city. How can playful urban interventions enrich and enliven urban environments and enhance well-being? The event will feature conversations with diverse practitioners and academics across the fields of urban renewal and design, place-making, the public realm, lighting, sound, creative activation and design for wellbeing.

Then, now & into the future: women in design
What did it mean to be a woman in design in the past, and how has that changed today? What is the future for women in creative industries? Historian Pam Lane and design creative Lynne Goodyer will explore the evolving nature of women in design fields, with a particular focus on the life of early 20th century artist and designer Eirene Mort.

Canberra modern: modern(ist) love
Tim Ross – host of the ABC’s award-winning ‘Streets of Your Town‘ programme and a major advocate for the protection of Australia’s unique collection of modernist buildings, will be giving a talk on modernism and Canberra.

Wonder-ful schools?
A masterclass by iconic Australian designer Mary Featherston and colleagues focusing on children and the design of school environments. Bookings essential.

To browse the full programme of other stimulating talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions, navigate over to the DESIGN Canberra festival website here.

Main image: work by Rohan Nicol, courtesy DESIGN Canberra Festival.

Where: Various locations throughout Canberra

When: 6 – 26 November

How much: Mostly free – check individual events for details

More info: Design Canberra festival


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