Melbourne Design Week 2019

When: 14 - 24 March 2019
Where: Various locations across Melbourne and Geelong
How much: See website for details
More info: Melbourne Design Week 2019

Melbourne Design Week returns in 2019, showcasing the best in local and international architecture and design. Over 10 days, more than 200 talks and workshops will explore the challenging issues of our time, from waste and climate change to designing inclusive cities and what materials we use to build them. Guest speakers include architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright, artist and architect Marjetica Potrč and the New York Times’ international climate reporter, Somini Sengupta.

This year Assemble Papers will also be hosting a series ‘Circular Thinking’, comprising three events: Where Does My Recycling Go?, Designing Your Own Zero Waste Building and Designing Your Own Circular Food System. All three events are currently sold out, but if you are interested we encourage you to put your name on the waiting list via our Facebook page.

These are some of our other highlights:

How do we build the next generation of affordable housing?
As Melbourne’s population grows, one of the big challenges is providing enough affordable housing. Affordable housing is essential to a productive city. In this panel discussion, representatives from government, housing associations, the development industry and the design sector will discuss their visions for this urgent and complex issue.

Place is a Slow Event
This conversation investigates the shifting perspectives on heritage and Crown Land through three thematics – of deep-time, a more-than-human city and land transformed by mining and extraction – with Professor Ross Gibson (Canberra University), Charity Edwards (MADA) and Laura Harper (MADA).

The Rise of Sustainable Leather: Make Your Own Vegan Leather Satchel
Sustainability in fashion is a big conversation that’s happening around the world. In this workshop, participants will explore the challenges to mass acceptance of sustainable leathers and gain an understanding of new technologies available to designers and showcase the brands championing the cause. The session will finish with the opportunity to make a satchel.


[Main image: Michele Acuto]