Royal College of Art London x MPavilion presents ‘What is Home?’



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Much excellent and innovative work is being done in Australia and in Melbourne particularly, to address the idea of new collectives of interest in the development of affordable, sustainable housing. Working primarily at the scale of the neighbourhood and the apartment block Nightingale, for example, can be seen to be addressing a new collectivity like similar projects in Switzerland with the new housing co-operatives, Germany with the Baugruppen, projects in Spain, Japan, Korea and Austria. However, what few of these projects are doing is mounting a real challenge to this basic division: who are we together and what is home.

In this week-long symposium, presented in collaboration with the Royal College of Art London, students from the RCA’s City Design MA Programme will be researching shared housing and the modern family. At the end of the week, the students will present workshops and panels on the future of housing in Australia and beyond. The participating RCA students are:

This event is supported by MPavilion’s principal partner RACV.

Program overview

Tuesday, 11 February:

11–11.30am: Jenny Samms
Isabella Bower
12–12.30pm: Kerstin Thompson
1–1.30pm: Elena Pereya
1.30–2pm: Alysia Bennett
3–3.30pm: Simona Castricum
4–4.30pm: Nicole Kalms
5–5.30pm: Andy Fergus, Alexis Kalagas and Katherine Sundermann

Evening lecture: MTalks–keynote presented by Tarsha Finney, 6.15pm


Wednesday, 12 February:

9am–5pm: RCA design work onsite at MPavilion

Evening lecture: MTalks–Housing Choices’ 2020 Oswald Barnett Oration, 6pm


Thursday, 13 February:

9am–5pm: RCA design work onsite at MPavilion

Evening lecture: MTalks–Future Homes: Speculations on Melbourne’s Future, 6.15pm


Friday, 14 February:

9am–4pm: RCA design work onsite at MPavilion

Evening Event: Friday Sunset Series–Chunky Move X MPavilion, 6pm


Saturday, 15 February:

3–5pm: Final presentations from RCA students

5–6.30pm: DJ set with DJ Emerald


This event is supported by MPavilion’s principal partner RACV.

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