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RCA x MPavillion presents 'What is Home?'

11 February 2020 to 15 February 2020

MPavilion, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Much excellent and innovative work is being done in Australia and in Melbourne to address the idea of new collectives of interest in the development of affordable, sustainable housing. Working primarily at the scale of the neighbourhood and the apartment block, Nightingale, for example, can be seen to be addressing a new collectivity like similar projects in Switzerland with the new housing co-operatives, Germany with the Baugruppen, projects in Spain, Japan, Korea and Austria. However, what few of these projects are doing is mounting a real challenge to this basic division: who are we together and what is home.

In this week-long symposium, presented in collaboration with the RCA, students from the College's MA City Design programme researching shared housing and the modern family will present workshops and panels on the future of housing in Australia and beyond. The participating RCA students are:

  • Lisa Weigl
  • Samadar Aukal
  • Jialin Wang
  • Peng Peng
  • Seungyeol Lee


Tuesday 11 February

11.30am – 12pm: Isabella Bower
12–12.30pm: Kerstin Thompson
1–1.30pm: Elena Pereya
1.30–2pm: Alysia Bennett
3–3.30pm: Simona Castricum
4–4.30pm: Nicole Kalms
5–5.30pm: Andy Fergus, Alexis Kalagas and Katherine Sundermann

Evening lecture: MTalks–keynote presented by Tarsha Finney, 6.15pm

Wednesday 12 February

9am – 5pm: RCA design work onsite at MPavilion

Evening lecture: MTalks–Housing Choices’ 2020 Oswald Barnett Oration, 6pm

Thursday 13 February

9am – 5pm: RCA design work onsite at MPavilion

Evening lecture: MTalks–Future Homes: Shaping the Future of Victoria competition launch

Friday 14 February

9am–5pm: RCA design work onsite at MPavilion

Evening Event: Friday Sunset Series–Chunky Move X MPavilion, 6pm

Saturday 15 February

3–5pm: Final presentations from RCA students