MPavilion: November Round-up

When: 5 April 2020 – 5 April 2021
How much: Free!
More info: MPavilion program

Now in its seventh iteration, MPavilion are doing things a little differently this year – instead of building a new MPavilion, they are focusing on reconnecting communities with the six existing MPavilions. This year’s program is running from November 2020 through to April 2021 with a mix of physical and online events, and is jam-packed with thought-provoking talks, workshops, kid-friendly activities and performances ­– all free!

November’s theme is titled ‘Re-emerge: A Re-mix’ and responds to the pandemic’s challenges by exploring design and architecture as a social practice. To help you craft your itinerary, and to ease you through to the end of November, here’s our top picks:

Let the citizens shape the city: from ‘bounce-back’ to a ‘new normal’

Monday 16 November, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Hosted in partnership with MGS Architects, join us for our panel discussion bringing together key leaders from state government, the NFP sector and ethical business to discuss concrete ways citizens can be involved in affecting lasting change. More info here.

Cities for People and Nature

Thursday 19 November, 1 – 2pm

In this event, a panel of five leading experts discuss the ways their work is making a real impact on the future of Australian cities. The discussion will consider the air we breathe, the built infrastructure of cities, urban greening, biodiversity conservation, and solutions to environmental challenges that can be found in nature itself. More info here.

Hope St Radio + MPavilion live from the Melbourne Zoo

Friday 20 November/Friday 27 November, 4 – 7pm

Hope St Radio heads to MPavilion to bring you a live broadcast, straight from the Melbourne Zoo! Start your Friday evenings with some boogie-worthy tunes. More info here.

A Treasure Trove of Space: Rethinking Melbourne’s Car Parks for Future Use

Thursday 26 November, 1 – 2pm

Bates Smart brings together an array of Melburnian architecture, city design, parking use, and governance experts to debate ways to adapt car parks to support Melbourne’s ambition of becoming a greener, healthier and happier city. More info here.

Intimacy & Distance: Andrés Jaque in Conversation with Alexis Kalagas

Monday 30 November, 1 – 2pm

The architect, writer, and curator Andrés Jaque in conversation with urban strategist and designer Alexis Kalagas about his practice’s work—the Office for Political Innovation—while discussing the ways emerging digital platforms are redefining our experience of urban space. More info here.

[Image: Andres Jaque, Office for Political Innovation]