Editor’s Pick: Highlights from Melbourne Design Week 2022

leader of australia and the biggest design event is back and bigger than ever, with an 11-day program from March 17-27 featuring over 300 events across all design disciplines.

The 2022 calendar has been informed by the pillars of ‘civic good’ and ‘doing well’, under the general theme of ‘designing the world you want’. The concept of civic good implores participants to consider their responsibilities beyond self-interest and encourages them to strive for collective betterment. Making good explores the impact of design beyond function and aesthetics and considers the social and environmental consequences of the built world.

Responding to these themes, the range includes a rich and diverse selection of zero-footprint repurposing, interplanetary housing solutions, biophilic design principles, and First Nations knowledge and thinking.

A network of hubs will be activated around the city, including Collingwood Yards, MPavillion, Scienceworks and the NGV. Additionally, Castlemaine and Ballarat have been added to the list of regional destinations hosting design events and exhibitions.

To find ArchitectureAUHere is the selection of 10 of the architectural highlights of the festival below.

2022 AA Unbuilt Labor Award

March 17 to March 26, RMIT Design Hub

Presented by Architecture Australia and ArchitectureAU.com, the 2022 AA Award for Unconstructed Work features 40 shortlisted entries for compelling works in their conceptual phase. The exhibition rewards provocative ideas, inventive thinking and conceptual rigor in a selection of unrealized works. This prize aspires to promote debate, generate ideas and address the challenges facing the world today.

Mars habitat 3D printed by Hassell Studio.

Image: Studio Hassell

Design Beyond Earth: Opening Night

March 25, Scienceworks

Presented by Scienceworks in collaboration with Hassell, this exhibition questions how humans might live beyond Earth and how architects and designers can research and develop a future habitat in space. It will examine interplanetary solutions for sustainable housing and for coping with rapid population growth. The Scienceworks Hub opening night includes a presentation from Hassell’s Head of Design, Xavier De Kestelier, and Head of Computer Design, Jonathan Irawan, sharing their ongoing projects and collaborations with NASA and the European Space Agency envisioning new forms of human habitation in space.

Festival of Publicness at the University of Melbourne

March 26, University Plaza, University of Melbourne

This day-long program of lectures, workshops and music is organized by the Melbourne School of Design in collaboration with the university’s museums and collections. It will explore the theme of advertising in architecture both as a statement of being in a public space and as a useful thread bringing together various disciplines related to the public realm: art, architecture, landscape, urban planning, country and place.

Good design – is great for local government

March 25, MP Pavilion

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) will moderate a discussion with participants from three city councils – the City of Ballarat, the City of Greater Geelong and the City of Casey – which are among the fastest growing and fastest growing urban areas more diverse with some of Victoria’s neighborhoods. best preserved heritage. Victorian Government Architect Jill Garner will guide a conversation with key local government design leaders to identify how they support good design, design thinking and creative city strategies.

Buhrich HouseII, Castlecrag.

Buhrich HouseII, Castlecrag.

Picture: John Gollings

The 50th anniversary of the Hugh Buhrich House in Castlecrag

March 17 to March 23, Brickworks Design Studio

This year will mark the 50and anniversary of the completion of Hugh Buhrich House II in Castlecrag, which has been described as “Australia’s finest modern house”. Brickworks Design Studio will recreate a 1991 exhibit and catalog to showcase the innovation and spectacle of this home, featured in conversation with architect Stephen Varady, original exhibit co-creator Neil Durbach, and photographer John Gollings.

Victorian Architecture Awards – Exhibition of Nominations

March 17 to March 26, Melbourne School of Design

The Australian Institute of Architects’ awards program showcases recent work by Victorian architects, from residential to educational, that respond to the urban and public realm. The exhibition will feature a series of photographs taken from entries for the 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards, giving the public the opportunity to view the works during judging.

Circularity in the built environment

March 22, Great Hall, NGV International

Presented in partnership with the NGV and Sustainability Victoria and moderated by Caroline Pidcock, this panel will examine what the circular economy can do for the built environment. From regenerative practice to design for decommissioning, this session will explore how integrating circular design principles into construction and demolition projects can lead to a better world.

Zero Footprint Repurposing warehouse in Collingwood.

Zero Footprint Repurposing warehouse in Collingwood.

Image: Stephanie Neville

Reuse without footprint

March 25, Revival Projects, Collingwood

Revival Projects invited the design and construction industry to use a 100-year-old warehouse to store demolished materials as one of the world’s first free repurposing centers. For one day, the warehouse will be open for tours where visitors can assess the facility and learn how we can revolutionize the industry’s approach to repurposing. The visits will be followed by a conference led by Grimshaw Architects and Revival Projects.

MMeets: Blackitecture: the manifesto

March 21 to March 23, MP Pavilion

This program includes a series of six lectures over three days on topics related to how the industry can learn by listening to traditional keepers and knowledge holders. From “Answers to the Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask” to “Indigenous Build,” this series explores how industry can integrate country, community, and culture into their built projects for better results.

'Magical Imperfection' directed by Scott Calbeck.

‘Magical Imperfection’ directed by Scott Calbeck.

Image: Scott Calbeck

MDW Film Festival

March 19 to March 27, various locations

Curated by Richard Sowada, the Melbourne Design Week Film Festival features a suite of films exploring environments, cities, buildings and infrastructure, and the people who design and inhabit them. Screened at various locations in the city, seven films are offered to explore the role of architecture in a multitude of different cultures and contexts. From Earth to Sky follows seven diverse Indigenous architects from North America who find common ground in their Indigenous identity. Magical Imperfection chronicles the life of Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama.

For more information, visit the Melbourne Design Week website.

ArchitectureAU is a media partner of Melbourne Design Week.

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