Kicking off on Friday 26 March, Melbourne Design Week joins forces with MPavilion for a series of MTalks and MMeets that delve into community-centred sustainable housing, the ethics of the ‘white cube’ gallery, the role of bathhouses in reconnecting community, urban planning in the age of COVID-19, and much more.
Following the disruption to Melbourne Design Week 2020, Home Made is relaunched with a new impetus as we emerge from Covid-19 lockdown with an altered relationship with our homes. A panel conversation to launch the Home Made exhibition, curated in collaboration with New Architects Melbourne invites speakers from key innovative housing projects across Melbourne, including Assemble 122 Roseneath Street, Clifton Hill, Property Collectives McCracken Street, Northcote, Nightingale 2.0, and Murundaka Co-Housing, Heidelberg Heights.
Leveraging the track record of housing innovation concentrated in Melbourne in the past decade, this exhibition explores what a more community-centred, sustainable housing model might look like and how it can provide an attractive, generous way of living in our urban centres.
A collective of young thinkers and design satirists—as well as established publishers and editors—investigate the ways design thinking is evolving in Australia and beyond.
MTALKS COMMUNAL CEREMONIES: THE MODERN BATHHOUSE SUN 28 MARCH, 11AM-12.30PM
The founders of the new Sense Of Self bathhouse talk about bringing the social ritual of communal bathing back to our communities. Hear how they designed the space to combat the problem of isolation and disconnectedness and how bathing could be one of the answers to bringing us back together again.
MTALKS 2021 DESIGN TRUST CRITICALLY HOMEMADE X MPAVILION
Join an online forum about creative collaboration, resilience and hope with Design Trust Critically Homemade.
MTALKS EXPLORING NEW AND IMPROVED WAYS OF URBAN LIVING FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD MON 29 MARCH, 1-4PM
With facilitated audience participation, respected academic, government, and industry experts pull together the threads of the opportunity of the COVID-19 situation to identify cooperatively better urban living ways for a post-pandemic world.
MMEETS MAKING A MOUNTAIN + DISCUSSION WITH HIP V HYPE MON 29 MARCH, 8-10PM
Curated by Transitions Film Festival, join Hip V Hype for a panel discussion on sustainable architecture, followed by a screening of the feature documentary Making a Mountain – BIG / Bjarke Ingels, a decade-long adventure to build ‘CopenHill’, one of the world’s most innovative and iconic examples of green architecture and ‘Hedonistic Sustainability’.
MMEETS THREE BODIES: FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION Tue 30 march, 6.30-8pm
This screening of Three Bodies—by Dorothy Allen-Pickard, commissioned by Molonglo—will be followed by a panel discussion that explores how the built environment can either be a pathway or a barrier to community, opportunity, and pleasure, depending on how places are designed, and who they are designed for.
MMEETS AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE: WHITE CUBE – FILM SCREENING – WITH RENZO MARTENS & DAVID GIANOTTEN tHURS 1 APRIL, 8-10PM
Join us for the Australian premiere of White Cube, the Dutch documentary by Renzo Martens that features the architecture studio behind MPavilion Monash, OMA. Moving viewers between the violence of the plantation system and the aesthetic ‘civility’ of the white cube, the film asks: can museums ever hope to be inclusive when no reparations have yet been paid to the plantation workers who financed—and in some cases, continue to invest—the very foundations of these institutions?