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Melbourne Design Week

The Melbourne Design Week (MDW) program is live!

During the 11-day program, Architectus will present ‘Back of House.’ This conversation sets out to explore an often forgotten and marginalised part of every city.

The event follows our hugely fun and successful 2023 MDW initiative, ‘Underpass.’

What is ‘Back of House’?  

It’s a by-product of a larger idea. It refers to space that is both required and left behind by multi-million-dollar projects. Where else do you put the bins? Where do cooks go for a smoko? Where do you put the car park entry? These questions make us wonder where things can happen away from active frontages in cities where space is highly programmed.

Where’s the event and who’s involved?

The event takes place at Chinatown Plaza, a square in the Melbourne city centre that leads to the back-of-house for several venues. Speakers will occupy this space as they question who is the public that architects, urban designers and landscape architects are designing for.

The speaker line-up includes emerging Architectus designers such as Ruofan Lei, thought leaders like Sophie Weiner (Arup), Katie Cundall (City of Melbourne), Henry Jarvis (Atelier Ten)  and other guest speakers from the fields of architecture and urban design. Together they will call into question what impact and role these ‘Back of House’ spaces play in the life of the city.

Register for free tickets here.
Public event: 29 May 2024
Location: Chinatown Plaza, Melbourne CBD
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm


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