What’s on this July
Open House Melbourne’s July program is so much more than a weekend. Over the month of July, special programs, talks, tours and events will take place across the city; all designed to provide the public with a deeper insight into the forces shaping our city.
The Open House Melbourne July Program has become a true festival of architecture and the built environment. With the weekend as the flagship event, July’s programming is an opportunity to delve deeper into the make-up of our city, and to gain knowledge around how we can create a better Melbourne.
Meet with architects, designers, planners, and others working in the built environment. Listen to those who are at the cutting edge of design and architecture, and help us uncover and explore the biggest challenges.
For information about the Open House Melbourne Weekend, read more here.
Image, above: Tom Ross
2018 Heritage Address: ‘Why Modernism Matters’ with Tim RossThe Heritage Address returns on 17 July 2018 – posing the question: ‘why does Modernism matter?’
Modernism at the MoviesThe premier of Modern Melbourne, and a celebration of mid-century modern architecture on the big screen.
Design City: Built Melbourne!From skyscrapers to the humble home—join six experts this July for our annual Speaker Series.
Architecture is EverydayA free talk exploring who might be the Boyd of the 21st century.
Sites of Indigenous Significance in Kulin Melbourne: A Walking TourYou may have already noticed the striking map of Kulin Melbourne inserted into your program. The map demonstrates the ongoing connection of our Indigenous communities to land and place that existed before invasion and continues today.
Urban Tactility and The Sensory City at RMIT's New Academic StreetUntil recently the RMIT buildings at the top end of Swanston Street have turned blank faces to the street. RMIT’s latest development – the New Academic Street – has opened these buildings up to the street, and to the students and the public who use them.
The Future of Fed SquareThe Victorian State Government has recently announced the construction of an Apple store at Federation Square. What impact will this have on our Square and how will it affect the public and cultural nature of Melbourne’s well-loved public space?
Building Leadership Simulation Centre ToursThe Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC) represents a quantum leap for training in the building and construction industry, utilising state-of-the-art simulation technology.
Modern Melbourne 2018Modern Melbourne is a series of interviews and related archival material that documents the extraordinary lives and careers of some of our most important architects and designers.
Living Cities ForumThe Living Cities Forum returns on 26 July 2018 – exploring the role of design, planning and architecture in shaping our society.
Small and Smart Living in the CityJoin Peter Maddison – award-winning architect, host of Grand Designs Australia, and designer of RACV Tiny Home – and 5x4 Hayes Lane designer and owner Ralph Alphonso in conversation for a discussion about living small and smart in the city.
Collectivity Talks - Ethical CitiesWhere are we failing? Who is innovating? How can we collectively ensure our city thrives? What does the future hold for Melbourne?
Melbourne Metro Tunnel Walking TourJoin the Metro Tunnel Project team on a walking tour along Swanston Street between the sites of the two new underground train stations in the CBD.
EmAGN This: Hard-hat ToursThis exciting initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Emerging Architects & Graduates (EmAGN) and Open House Melbourne, is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime chance to see unique architect-designed homes under construction. You will share a moment in the life of each home, before it is completed.
Jane’s Walks: PrestonJoin Annie as she leads the walk and talk, noting elements of particular houses including walls and wrought iron, fruit trees, entrances and the uniqueness of the house number.
Jane’s Walks: Fisherman's BendThe walk will traverse the Sandridge and Lorimer precincts. Fishermans Bend is 485 hectare - too big to explore in two hours!
THE DESIGN PLOTTHE DESIGN PLOT is an ongoing performance project by Shelley Lasica, including collaborations with six dancers and a cinematographer.
The Coburg Plan Book LaunchThe Coburg Plan is a book of photographs and essays documenting a suburb in flux: the past lives of old Coburg and the new layers of residential architecture rewriting the landscape.
WORKAROUND - Women Design Action‘Workaround’ engages with a movement of women focused on advocacy and activism within an expanded field of architecture.
165 Years of Enduring ArchitectureBates Smart, Australia’s most highly regarded and award-winning architecture and interior design practice, is celebrating its 165th anniversary.
Blak Design MattersBlak Design Matters is the first national survey of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design. Curated by architect Jefa Greenaway it will showcase leading Indigenous designers from across Australia, exploring what is Indigenous design and why it matters.
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius ShulmanHis images epitomised the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public.
Eero Saarinen: The Architect who saw the FutureSaarinen’s son, director of photography and co-producer Eric Saarinen, ASC (Lost in America, The Hills Have Eyes, Exploratorium), visits the sites of his father’s work on a cathartic journey
ColumbusWhen a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings
Temporary architecture and the visioning of our citiesPanellists will explore how temporary architecture provokes thought and curiosity, and provides a platform for the rapid sharing of ideas, responses to issues and a citizen-led approach to change.
Collectivity Talks – Designing for LifeWith questions surrounding design quality to supply and longevity, how do we create apartments that will stand the test of time and nurture those who live within them?
Discovering Robin Boyd – The Romberg & Boyd ArchiveThe Council is pleased to present this seminar as part of its work in promoting the specialist collections of the SLV, and in encouraging research using those collections.
The Australian Ugliness exhibitionA keynote exhibition paying homage to Robin Boyd, while exploring the ethics and aesthetics of our nation today.
KEY DATES FOR OPEN HOUSE 2018
This year’s Open House Melbourne Weekend features over 220 sites, and the full July Program is our best yet. So to help you keep track of everything we’ve put together a quick guide to key dates.
The Weekend Saturday 28 + Sunday 29 July 2018
Volunteer Registrations Open 12 June
July Program Events Online By 12 June
July Building List Online End of June
Design City: Built Melbourne! Wednesday 4 July
Modern Melbourne Screening Friday 6 July
Pre-booked tours first release Friday 13 July 8:30am
Heritage Address Tuesday 17 July
Pre-booked tours second release Friday 20 July 8:30am
Koorie Heritage Trust Blak Design Matters Exhibition opening Saturday 21 July
The Australian Ugliness 23 July–25 August
Gallery open Monday to Saturday. Open both days on Open House Weekend, Artist floor talk on both 28 + 29 July at 12pm in the Gallery.
Living Cities Forum Thursday 26 July