Making Space for Making: New Directions for Urban Cultural Policy

Making Space for Making: New Directions for Urban Cultural Policy

Monash Urban Planning and Design and The School of Creative Industries, South Australia University present a half-day symposium examining the present and future of making and manufacturing in the city.

The symposium will bring together urban planning and creative industry policymakers with academics to discuss new directions around urban cultural policy and industrial policy in Melbourne. We will feature outcomes from our ARC Discovery project, and a keynote lecture from Professor Andy Pratt.

While the disappearance of affordable working and living space for creatives has been a pressing issue for over two decades, efforts to address this have rarely looked beyond the provision of studio, co-working and exhibition spaces for visual and performing arts, media, and design. The specific impacts on other forms of creativity including craft and the manufacture of cultural products (e.g. furniture, clothing, metal working) has been frequently overlooked despite their vital role in the urban cultural economy. Alongside this, policymakers continue to re-zone scarce industrial land in the inner city to reflect the rise of an ostensibly “post-industrial” economy and the “inevitable” decline of manufacturing. This has been a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the vast range of creative making and manufacture has been squeezed into smaller and tighter areas of the city.In this seminar we will cover three aspects.

First, we will outline some of our research on ‘cultural manufacturing’ and its spatial dynamics in the city. This will form the basis of a discussion with local policy and planning actors about Melbourne’s attempts to deal with these issues. Second, we will outline why we think the provision of a diversity of space beyond desks and laptops is absolutely crucial for the cultural economy of the city. We will hear from Marcus Westbury about the rationale for CAP in Collingwood, which is about to open its doors. Finally, Professor Andy Pratt (City University, London) will bring an UK and International perspective on creative hubs and workspaces. Rather than acting as loss leaders – or short-term gold mines – for property developers, we need to look at building curated networks and places of interaction. Hubs as points of translation across diverse ecosystems not as sites of value extraction.

Schedule and Speakers

12.30 – 1pm Registration, light lunch and refreshments
1–1.15pm Welcome: Carl Grodach and Justin O'Connor
1.15 – 2.30pmZoning and Cultural Manufacturing with presentations by:
Declan Martin and Carl Grodach, Urban Planning and Design, Monash University
Bec Fitzgerald, Hodyl + Co
Will Coogan, City of Moreland
followed by Q&A session
2.30 – 3pm Marcus Westbury, Collingwood Arts Precinct
3pm–3.15pm Break
3.15 – 4pmMaking and the Creative City  with presentations by:
Xin Gu, Monash University 
Justin O’Connor, University of South Australia
4–5pmHubs: Translation not Extraction
Andy Pratt, City University, London
5–6pm Drinks

Monash University and Brunswick Mechanics Institute acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which this event will take place. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging and to all First Nations peoples.