Reconnect: Open House Melbourne 2021

When: 23 - 25 July
Where: Online
How much: Free
More info: Open House Melbourne website

Open House Melbourne is back! Reconnect: Open House Melbourne 2021 is a program of virtual tours, talks, films and events designed to inspire and provoke discussion around the future of our city and our suburbs – now fully online and available to everyone from Friday 23 – Tuesday 27 July.

Opening with This Is Public – a live streamed ‘speaker series’ event exploring new potentials for the future of our city – Open House Melbourne brings together online experiences of spaces and buildings from across the City of Melbourne, City of Boroondara, City of Hobsons Bay, City of Maribyrnong, City of Port Phillip, City of Stonnington, University of Melbourne and more.

This year’s theme of ‘reconnect’ speaks to our collective desire to reconnect with our city and our suburbs and reimagine our future together with fresh eyes and open minds as we continue to experience lockdown and isolation. As our community grapples with what might constitute a ‘new normal’ post-pandemic, it is clear we must find new ways to reconnect and envisage transformative ways to live and work better together.

This is the moment in which we can reclaim the agency for design in shaping the public good and, in turn, re-design our values, systems and spaces and achieve a more adaptable, equitable and sustainable future for our built environment.

[Image: Melbourne Quakers Centre, designed by Nervegna Reed Architecture + pH architects. Photo: John Gollings]