Waterfront – 34 events in 11 days

Posted Mon 1st Apr 2019 | Brianna Carroll

At this year's Melbourne Design Week, we encouraged Melburnians to reconsider their relationship with water. Most of us have little to do with the city's waterways in our daily lives, and many of us have never even explored them by boat. We wanted to help Melburnians see how much there is to gain by embracing their city's lifeblood. 

Working with a huge cast of partners and supporters we put together 34 events for the Waterfront program.

Through walks, boat tours and conversations, we discovered the significance of Birrarung to our First Peoples. We learned where natural swimming pools were and could still be, and how we've altered the river's flow and course. We saw how our city's waterways are polluted, cleaned and conserved, and developed insight into the architectural, engineering and planning challenges of designing a booming city beside them. We also travelled further afield to explore water in design at Geelong for the city's debut at Design Week.

Melburnians want to connect with our waterways. We want to know how their health – and ours – are interdependent, and how design can support healthy, connected, culturally attuned and dynamic waterways. We look forward to seeing how this unfolds in the future.

Waterfront would not have been possible without generous support from the NGV and Creative Victoria. Special thanks must also go to our volunteers and the event co-presenters who worked tirelessly with us to deliver the program. Thank you!

[Image Above] Waterfront: Watering the Gardens, photography by Tobias Titz, courtesy National Gallery Victoria.
Scroll down or see more highlights in our photo album.Waterfront: River Swim
Waterfront: Watering the Gardens; photography by Tobias Titz, courtesy National Gallery Victoria.
Waterfront: Wreck or Rectify – Barwon Water HQ, Geelong
Waterfront: Water Regimes of Bolin Bolin: Past, Present and Future
Waterfront: Commuter Afloat + Jack’s Magazine
Waterfront: Water Sensitive Urban Design in the City


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