Image by Byungchul Jun

Ground Melbourne

Curated by Monash Urban Lab


Thu 23 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 24 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 25 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 26 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Mon 27 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 28 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 29 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 30 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 31 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 01 Jun 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 02 Jun 10:00am - 5:00pm


Free, No Booking Required


NGVA, Level 3
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Russell Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

“Of all Australia’s major cities the natural environment of Melbourne before British settlement is perhaps the most difficult now to imagine. This is in part a product of the city’s size and flat topography, but it also reflects the extent to which the region was dominated by swamps and grasslands – the two ecosystems that were most comprehensively transformed by the conquest.’

James Boyce, 1835: The founding of Melbourne & The Conquest of Australia

Ground Melbourne presents built and unbuilt architectural, landscape and urban projects through the lens of their present ground conditions. Collectively these conditions tell the story of the ground’s formative role in Melbourne’s foundation and urban form but also reveal the extreme modification, extraction and destruction of the unceded lands of the Kulin and Gunaikurnai Nations. The projects prompt a resetting and repair.

This project represented Melbourne at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2023. Continuing a dialogue around the themes begun in Seoul, the projects will be ‘performed’ in the space during Melbourne Design Week with guest Korean architect, Yerin Kang.