reFrame: Melbourne’s future mobility

reFrame: Melbourne’s future mobility

  • 30 March 2021, 12–2pm
  • Melbourne Recital Centre
    31 Sturt Street
    Southbank, VIC 3006

    Also online

Free, RSVP here

Presented by Monash Design.

What does the future of Melbourne, or any city, look like post private car?

The Monash Mobility Design Lab hosts an interactive session considering what the future of Melbourne, or any city, might be like post-private car. We'll be looking positively at the opportunities such a future may present, as well as developing ways of meeting the challenges it presents.

The private car provides unprecedented individual mobility. It has however led to consequences on a population, and global scale. But what alternatives are there? This workshop and panel discussion poses a hypothetical situation asking participants to consider how mobility needs would be served without the private car. What does a city without carparks look like? What happens when we gain back some of the 30% of our city's surface area which is given over to private surface transport? Using a desktop prototype city, we will investigate these ideas to discover the possibilities, problems, and pathways towards an alternative, plausible - designed - future.


  • Dr Robbie Napper, Deputy Director, Mobility Design Lab, Monash University
  • Associate Professor Selby Coxon, Director, Mobility Design Lab, Monash University
  • Dr Elliot Fishman, Director, Institute for Sensible Transport
  • Mr Adrian Webb, Senior Transport Innovation Advisor, Victorian Department of Transport

This event is one of a series of workshops and panels that form reFrame: The Evolving Practice of Design hosted by Monash Design and part of Melbourne Design Week 2021 including:

reFrame: Love About Food
reFrame: Book Club
reFrame: The Seven Grandfathers Teachings as an Indigenous design process
reFrame: Envisioning Healthcare
reFrame: Weaving Indigenous Perspectives in Design
reFrame: CoDesign materials for climate action
reFrame: Making Space for Co-design in the Design of Learning Environments

The urgent, complex social challenges we face call for design to do more than increase profit margins and solve problems. Design must draw on its transformative potential to imagine anew the places where we live, work, learn and play. Over four days the design research labs of Monash University will reframe how we think about futures; mobility, climate, education and healthcare and reframe how we act creatively; through Indigenous knowing, co-designing and augmented realities. Through a series of workshops and discussions researchers, practitioners and the public will together explore ways we can productively amplify the social impact of design.

reFrame is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.