Melbourne Design Week 2020

When: 12 – 22 March
How much: Various ticket prices - see website for details
More info: Melbourne Design Week Website

Melbourne Design Week returns in 2020, showcasing its largest program to date, with more than 300 events over 11 days. Centred around the theme ‘How Can Design Shape Life?’, the festival comprises 85 exhibitions, 94 talks, 15 films, 22 tours and 16 workshops celebrating the best of local, national and international design. This broad theme will be explored through 5 pillars – Design Cultures, Waste, Healthy Cities, Waterfront, and Design Evolution.

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.

Transformative Landscapes: Designing the Healthy City

Presented by Foreground

The way we design and plan our cities, parks and places has profound effects on our health and well-being. Many of the most sophisticated hospitals now feature therapeutic landscapes, included for the benefits green spaces bring to patient treatment and care. Conversely, there are connections between poor urban amenity and planning, and poor health. In this symposium, design and health experts explore the role of landscape architecture, urban design and planning in making healthful urban environments. More info here.

Waterways Yarn

Presented by Open House Melbourne Resistance Transmission and Black White and Bluespace, supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre.

How has the Maribyrnong changed since colonisation? What can the built environment learn from millennia of Indigenous water management to help manage population growth, water quality and scarcity, as well as protecting the vital cultural habits and practices that define place and belonging for all Australians? More info here.

Bas Van Abel: Dark Matter

Presented by NGV, EWaste Watch Institute and Design Institute of Australia

We live in a world of hyper-communication. And yet our current communication infrastructure, in particular mobile phones, holds a fascinating paradox.  Every pixel you see and every byte you send has a whole world of minerals, factories, recycling and distribution behind it. Fairphone aims to surface the dark matter of our production systems and make it human again. This keynote lecture by Fairphone founder Bas van Abel is a unique chance to think about the ways that design-led business can transform the environment and economy. More info here.

Francis Kéré: Architecture Shapes Life

Presented by NGV with Architecture Foundation Australia, and the Futuna Lecture Series

Responding to the 2020 Melbourne Design Week theme ‘How can design shape life?’, internationally acclaimed architect Francis Kéré delves into his own journey – revealing how architecture has shaped his life and sharing his vision for how architecture that is collaboratively realised, rooted in traditional knowledge and specific to its context will contribute to a positive and dynamic future for Africa. More info here.

[Image: Gando Primary School by Kéré Architecture, photo by Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk]