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?
A temporary festival in the Nevada desert is a model for innovation in tourism – and more, says Melbourne-based researcher in Public Cultures, Bree Trevena. It’s the latest instalment in our series of articles shared from ‘Future West', a West Coast publication considering the future of urbanism through Western Australia
In a time when extraordinary experiences are being promoted by cities, towns and regions as part of a tourist package, the natural environment is under pressure to enhance its existing assets in order to be shared, liked, meme-d and appreciated. Georgia Nowak – via 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)' – looks at how new tourism infrastructure in national parks could support their conservation
Tasmanian artist Helen Wright (the artist featured on the cover of our latest print issue!) is concerned with the uneasy coalition between humans and the natural world. Through her paintings, drawings, prints and the cast sculptures we see a playful yet political reminder of the fragile balances of this relationship. Here, she shares with us some of the thinking behind her multidisciplinary practice