Presented over 10 days, the inaugural Melbourne Design Week showcases the best in local and international architecture and design across a massive program. Broadly exploring the theme of ‘design values’, the program asks, “what does design value and how do we value design?” Across dozens of events, Melbourne Design Week explores these questions through talks from leading designers, workshops, tours and industry events – including the annual Melbourne Art Book Fair (come visit our stall and pick yourself up a copy of our new print issue – hot off the press!).
We’ve picked out a small handful of highlights below – check out the full program, buy tickets and see what else is happening over at the Melbourne Design Week website.
NGV International, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium – Sun 26 Mar, 3–5pm What does it mean to ‘queer’ architecture? Moderated by Naomi Stead, panellists Simona Castricum, Sophie Drying and Nicole Kalms consider ‘queer’ architecture as a workplace, a professional identity, a series of processes and practices and the built places that emerge from them. How can workplaces be made more welcoming for LGBTIQIA people? What might the profession gain from valuing difference and diversity? Can architecture reject social norms and forge new design principals and considerations?
It’s time for the second instalment of ‘Tokyo Life’ – the special Living Not Decorating series brought to us by R-ESTATE TOKYO. This week, Ben Davis speaks with David Glaettli – creative director of Japanese furniture brand Karimoku New Standard – about nomadic living, the influence of Kyoto on his practice, and life in his Toritsu-Daigaku home
5x4 Hayes Lane isn't the typical home you'd expect to find tucked in at the end of a narrow laneway in leafy East Melbourne. We step inside this pocket-sized project and speak to its owner, Ralph Alphonso, about his decision to stretch the project's small footprint of 20 square metres over four storeys, and about the challenges that arose during the construction of this extraordinary home
The Greening Bourj Al Shamali initiative aims to green and improve the living conditions in the Bourj Al Shamali refugee camp in Lebanon, a theoretically temporary Palestinian refugee camp that's now a 60-year-old informal urban environment, densely built and without green spaces. Sara Savage speaks to the team behind the initiative about 'balloon mapping' the camp in the name of self-determination