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?
Being able to work across our differences is crucial if we are to solve the housing crisis in Melbourne, says urban planning professor Carolyn Whitzman, of University of Melbourne. Whitzman's background in activism now underpins her work on solving Melbourne's housing crisis: she describes her research as trying to make social change happen through experiments in deliberative democracy
Our 8th print issue of Assemble Papers, ‘Metropolis.’, muses on the power of cities and their citizens to instigate and enact global change. AP editor Jana Perkovic shares her thoughts on the evolution of the issue, published in partnership with this year's MPavilion
TSUNO is a young, female-friendly social enterprise manufacturing environmentally and socially sustainable menstrual wear. Emily Wong spoke to TSUNO founder and design-brain Roslyn Campbell about learning through doing, the value of community and breaking down taboos