Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) 20 - 26th May 2019


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Image above: North Melbourne

The OVGA’s Melbourne Knowledge Week event showcased good design in intensifying inner Melbourne. In a day themed ‘living closer together’, the Victorian Government Architect chaired a discussion with three designers who spoke about their recent projects in North and West Melbourne. Architects James Legge of 6 Degrees Architecture’s development at the corner of King and Hawke Street - a precinct of medium density buildings, with single hung apartments around a courtyard. Joshua Wheeler of MGS Architects illustrated the design journey for Oznam House, resource centre and housing for homeless men. Skye Haldane from Melbourne City Council spoke about expanding green spaces in the ‘grey to green’ strategy and the design approach to reclaiming road space. All spoke to the role of good design and in a densifying area.

The event was also a launch of a self-guided walking map. This is a snapshot of North and West Melbourne and how it is adapting to densification. It steps past new buildings next to old, contemporary adaptations, modern classics from the 20th century, and reimagined green spaces. It highlights the existing character and new designs that responds well to the context. Densification is changing the precinct’s edges and the design of buildings and places is responding to effectively manage this evolution.

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