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School of Life comes to Melbourne

January 30, 2013

Carlton’s CoDesign Studio has brought the first international offshoot of Alain de Botton’s philosophical hub, the School of Life, to Melbourne.

Created on a modest budget of only $5000, Carlton’s CoDesign Studio has brought the first international offshoot of Alain de Botton‘s philosophical hub, the School of Life, to Melbourne.

Launched over the weekend, the School of Life offers a range of programs centred around living wisely and well. The pop-up hub, situated on the corner of Oxford and Peel Streets in Collingwood, was created by CoDesign in partnership with Small Giants and features a cafe, bookshop, workshop and bibliotherapy spaces. The hub will exist in this location for 10 weeks before sourcing a permanent location.

“Only months ago the run-down warehouse was scattered with broken bottles, needle sharps and a mountain of refuse furniture,” says CoDesign Studio co-founder Hugh Adamson. “Melbourne’s community can now reclaim the assets of this heritage site.”

Project leader Nikhila Madabhushi, also of CoDesign, says that the project “exemplified the coming together of participatory design, working bees and a client whose philosophy is about getting more out of life.”

“CoDesign does participatory design, so we workshopped ideas from the community and from the volunteers who put their hands up to join us. We then aggregated all that into a single concept. Because we were completing the project on the smell of an oily rag, we approached the design process differently – we did not give the client fait accompli with the drawings,” she continues.

Over three months and with the help of 40 volunteers ranging from merchant bankers and social workers to architects and university students, the current School of Life term will run until 24 March 2013.

theschooloflife.com
codesignstudio.com.au

  • Charles maclean January 30th, 2013 11:34 am

    When can we get schoolof life in perth?


  • Steve Fargo February 1st, 2013 11:15 am

    Life is not a school.


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