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?
China’s nightclub scene emerged in the early 1990s as a crucial place for collective gathering, quickly becoming a new meeting place for intellectuals and artists where radical ideas and thoughts could be freely exchanged.
Today, Chen Wei has painstakingly researched, recreated and photographed a visual archive of '90s Chinese club culture in an effort to document these revolutionary settings
Critic, curator, editor and provocateur Mimi Zeiger has written three books on tiny houses. Now, she turns to utopia: how do speculative fictions and futurisms drive architecture? Her hometown of Los Angeles is a case in point, a depository of radical dreams, be it Afro-Futurism or a promise of downtown walkability
Carine Thévenau documents and examines deserted playground relics of the Japanese 1980s financial boom (and bust). The abandoned structures create a visual silence, allowing room for curiosity and critical thought. This interval, referred to as “Ma” in Japanese philosophy, is defined as a space between, or a pause that enables space for emotion, thought and life to pass through it