Melbourne is currently launching its design week at sites across the city. Melbourne Design Week is intended to define the Melbourne Design Scene via an attitude.
Timothy Moore, a Curator of Melbourne Design Week (and co-director of local practice Sibling Architecture), wants to present an attitude of generosity and collaboration, a positive example to the world about the collaboration and contribution of designers to a new global culture. Designers are overtaking empty shop fronts. Architects are supplying prototypes regarding the battle against climate change.
A New Normal
John Wardle Architects’ rooftop pavilion, one of the featured displays, consists of solar panel components.
Fifteen of Australia’s prominent architects are proposing ways to render Melbourne a self-sufficient sustainable city by the year 2030. Overtaking the top floor and roof top of an office building located on Little Collins Street in the CBD, A New Normal offers installations that feature a rooftop pavilion consisting of solar panel components by John Wardle Architects and a greenhouse by Ha that demonstrates how land can be utilised for both agriculture and energy production. A parallel program consists of live streamed addresses covering topics that range from creating a circular economy to how buildings can shift from fossil fuels to clean electric power.
Community: A Storefront Exhibition
The alt.material collective is represented at Melbourne Design Week with a display of furniture and design objects displayed in 24 empty storefronts in Fitzroy and Collingwood. Reflecting on the effects of Covid-19 and economic shifts that have influenced businesses and tenancies on the high street, COMMUNITY presents the work of Australian designers and international designers that include Ron Arad, Talin and Tulip Hazbar, Sam Jacob, Iris van Herpen and Eliot Bastianon.
Exhibit examples include a collaborative piece by Melbourne’s Dean Norton and San Francisco’s multidisciplinary artist Sarah Hotchin; as well as Talin and Tulip Hazbar’s abacus, consisting of waste materials discovered in factories in Sharjah, UAE.
For more information, visit altmaterial.com.
A World We Don’t Want
Staged by Friends & Associates, this exhibit includes thirteen designs by Australian artists exploring the concept of ‘a world we don’t want’ to contemplate on a future we do desire. Staged in the onetime stables building at Meat Market, North Melbourne, presentations will be made by designers that include Flack Studio, Marta Figueiredo and Jonathon Griggs, and Nicole Lawrence and Thomas Coward. It is found at 2 Wreckyn St, North Melbourne.
Demeter, a piece by Iranian jewellery artist Fatemeh Boroujeni, asks the question, if we were to bequeath the inheritance of an object behind for a loved one, what would it be, and what would its emotional, historical and cultural value be? This is the query posed to 20 designers in an exhibit investigating the power of objects, the legends they carry and the manner in which they transfer concepts and values between generations. The exhibit is found at 5a Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood.
Based between Fed Square and the Yarra River for the period of six months, futurefoodsystem was conceptualised by designer Joost Bakker as a 100 per cent sustainable modernistic urban farm / home / restaurant with aquaponics, solar power, micro-farms, a charcoal tank, vertical vegetable gardens and mushroom walls, and other living residents like fish, crickets and worms. During Melbourne Design Week, tours of futurefoodsystem will be offered, as will a keynote talk with Bakker and resident chef Jo Barrett, moderated by NGV Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Ewan McEoin. This installation will be based at River Terrace, 3 Princes Walk. Visit futurefoodsystem.com for more information.
Fresh Eyes: Reimagining Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street
Photos by Ben Hosking and Derek Swalwell will be among those featured as part of a tribute to a pioneer of Melbourne’s Modern Architecture period, Robyn Boyd. An innovator in urban design who authored the 1960 text The Australian Ugliness regarding the national aesthetic, Boyd is the focus of an exhibit that features Melbourne’s top architectural photographers that will take place at the home Boyd designed for his family in 1957. The exhibition – which will include work by John Gollings, Tess Kelly, Tom Ross, Sean Fennessy and Lauren Bamford – will be staged at Domain House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The newly released publication After Australian Ugliness, a modern response to Boyd’s writings, is also being introduced at Melbourne Design Week.
Image credits by Future Food System