Program Highlights

Waterfront

The Waterfront program, presented by Centre for Architecture Victoria | Open House Melbourne, offers an extensive program of guided and self-guided tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions concerning Melbourne’s water sources and how to engage with them through design. In 2021, Waterfront expands to East Gippsland to explore the area around Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers through a series of walks, tours, talks, kayak and boat trips.

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The Yarra

MDW Film Festival

Curated by Richard Sowada, the 2021 Melbourne Design Week Film Festival focuses on the spectrum of human relationships that exists between natural and built, technological and computational, community and communal, family and individual and spiritual and primal.

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An Impossible Project

A New Normal

A New Normal is a series of installations, programs and talks curated by Finding Infinity that takes over the top floor and roof top of a Melbourne office building. A group of Australia’s leading architectural practices present working prototypes for projects that demonstrate how we can transform Melbourne into an entirely self-sufficient city.

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I render of a multi-story building in the CBD

Design Week Videos

Telstra Creativity and Innovation Series Keynote: Redesigning Artificial Intelligence – From Australia Out
Presented by Telstra and NGV
A colourful digital composite image of dandelion flowers covers the whole frame. Overlaid are different patch cords in green, pink, and different tone of orange.
Telstra Creativity and Innovation Series Keynote: Redesigning Artificial Intelligence – From Australia Out
Presented by Telstra and NGV
Forest Dreams: Agnes Denes
Presented by RMIT School of Architecture & Urban Design
Tomorrow’s Thoughts, Today’s Possibilities
Presented by The Things We Did Next
Designing With(in) the Mess
Presented by Nina Gibbes, Dennis Grauel, Jane Connory and Issa Assaad
The project was awarded the Australia Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter) Victorian Architecture Medal, George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture and Public Architecture Commendation (2020).
Kerstin Thompson Architects: Encompassing People & Place
Presented by RMIT School of Architecture & Urban Design and Thames & Hudson
Counterfactual City
Presented by RMIT School of Architecture & Urban Design and Cities Cluster
Reactivate the World
Presented by Playable City Melbourne
Frieze x Melbourne Design Week Present Living in Planet City
Presented by Frieze x Melbourne Design Week and Mercedes-Benz
Business and Design Forum: MedTech Futures
Presented by Creative Victoria and NGV
Photo from above of dark green and transparent bioplactic bowl made with red algae polymer, plant-based plasticiser and spirulina microalgae pigment.
The Future of Food
Presented by Melbourne Design Week
The Future of Home
Presented by Alexis Kalagas, Andy Fergus, Katherine Sundermann & Lisa Gerstman
A New Normal
Presented by Finding Infinity
Joost Bakker Keynote: Design the World You Want
Presented by Fed Square
Architecture for Complexity
Presented by Dr Alisa Andrasek and RMIT University
Frieze x Melbourne Design Week present Museums as Agents of Change
Presented by Frieze x Melbourne Design Week
Triennial conversations: Resonant Nature
Presented by NGV
Triennial conversations: Get Real Estate
Presented by NGV
Triennial conversations: JR / Rivers in Decline
Presented by NGV
Triennial conversations: Nature as Collaborator
Presented by NGV
Triennial conversations: Oceans on the Edge
Presented by NGV

Virtual Exhibitions

A WORLD WE DON’T WANT
Presented by Friends & Associates
PRELIMINARY STRUCTURES
Presented by Eliza Tiernan and Josephine Briginshaw
AFTER HOURS
Presented by Volker Haug Studio
Photo of two medium sized cabinets on a wood workshop bench
BROACHED RECALL
Presented by Broached Commissions and Elton Group
By Product 2021 Exhibition hero image. Random assortment of general waste on a pink ground including orange peel, coffee grounds, paper, plastic, wood chips.
BY-PRODUCT 2021
Presented by E Tū x Ulla
CRAFTS, CROSSOVERS AND COLLABORATIONS
Presented by JamFactory
Photo of 2 blown glass wheel cut vessels
FIREFLOW
Presented by Craft Victoria
WONDERSTRUCK
Presented by One Two One Two
A 'puddle mirror' from Cordon Salon's Volume III exhibition
DESIGNWORK 05: CORDON SALON | VOLUME III
Presented by Sophie Gannon Gallery
By Product 2021 Exhibition hero image. Random assortment of general waste on a pink ground including orange peel, coffee grounds, paper, plastic, wood chips.
BY-PRODUCT 2021: PRESENTED BY E TU x ULLA
FUTURE PROOF: PRESENTED BY NEW ASSEMBLAGE
TRIENNIAL 2020: DESIGNING IN COLLABORATION WITH NATURE
Presented by NGV
TRIENNIAL 2020: DOWNTIME: DAYLIGHT, CANDLELIGHT, MOONLIGHT BY FAYE TOOGOOD
Presented by NGV
TRIENNIAL 2020: PLASTOCENE – MARINE MUTANTS FROM A DISPOSABLE WORLD BY PORKY HEFER
Presented by NGV
TRIENNIAL 2020: BOTANICAL PAVILION BY KENGO KUMA AND GEOFF NEES
Presented by NGV

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