‘Our world is changing – but we have the knowledge today to create the Melbourne of tomorrow.’ That’s the philosophy behind Melbourne Knowledge Week, which is coming to town from 7-13 May. The events are divided into sections: sustainability, health, technology, city design, start ups and food. The ‘City Design’ ambassador is Neil Stonnel of Grimshaw Architects, who has also transformed the Meat Market into an installation which will be used as the festival hub. The hub will open at 9.30am each day and host keynote events, as well as offering a place to meet for food and drinks.
Feature events include a talk on improving Aboriginal involvement in city planning, opportunities to redesign the city, exhibits of tiny houses and how to adapt urban spaces to grow food. Supported by City of Melbourne, most of the events are free but registration is essential.
[Main image: ‘Future foods: exploring native foods, botanicals and horticulture’. Image courtesy of Melbourne Knowledge Week]
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