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Highlights: MPavilion reveals 2016 program

Aug 26, 2016
  • Article by Online Editor

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation and MPavilion have revealed the venue’s 2016 program, which will feature more than 400 free public events.

Opening the program on October 6 will be a free public ‘in conversation’ MTalk with architect Peter Maddison, MPavilion creator Naomi Milgrom AO, and the venue’s architect Bijoy Jain. The trio will discuss the pavilion’s ideas of cultural exchange and the  construction process of the design. An exhibition of Jain’s design process will also be on display at RMIT Gallery from September 9 to October 22.

A series of events and talks will explore the influence of Bauhaus in Australia. On November 29, German expert Dr Isabel Wünsche will talk with architects and academics from around the country, while Penelope Seidler will be in conversation with Naomi Milgrom AO to discuss the work of architect Harry Seidler.

On October 7, emerging architects and graduates of Melbourne will host a networking night and panel discussion on collaboration and studio culture within architectural practice, entitled the Collaborative Architecture Studio. The night will explore what processes take place within studios and the collaborative nature of architectural design.

Open Journal will host a series of three MTalks exploring housing policy in Australia – the first talk will look at the development of Melbourne’s housing policy, taking place on October 18. High Density Happiness: Developing Policy will focus on suggested improvements to the design review process, minimum size standards and aesthetic guidelines that would support quality, adaptable and sustainable housing.

A number of events, held in conjunction with Melbourne’s universities, are being held with architecture and design students in mind. Wearing the City, undertaken by Monash University’s architecture students, will return this year on November 12, while RMIT University’s Masters of Fashion Design graduate show will take place on November 16.

MMeets – a series of free gatherings – will also return this year. The meetings invite participants to explore the city through a designer’s eye, and include activities such as dog walking adventures, run by Tom & Captain Dog, yoga sessions run by Happy Melon Mindful Yoga, and a range of creative workshops inspired by the handmade architecture of Jain’s pavilion.

The 2016 program reflects the Indian/Australian connection influenced by the venue’s architect and Studio Mumbai’s heritage. Leading Indian tabla player Aneesh Pradhan will be performing on October 8, while Indian cultural events will be held over the weekend of December 3 and 4, in partnership with the Indian Consulate.

Meanwhile, the relocation of last year’s MPavilion, designed by Amanda Levete, has now successfully been relocated to its new Collins Street home.

The 2016 program will run from October 5, 2016 until February 18, 2017. For a full list of what’s on, visit http://www.mpavilion.org.

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