reFrame: Book Club

reFrame: Book Club

  • 29 March 2021, 5.30–6.30pm
  • Blondie Bar
    Cnr Southbank Boulevard &, Sturt St,
    Southbank VIC 3006

Free, RSVP here

Presented by Monash Design.

Join with Monash University Department of Design to celebrate the recent publications of its staff. Across the multiple—and porous—fields of design they have produced a range of publications that help reframe design scholarship to locate new engagements with cities, gender, transport, histories and futures. Gene Bawden, Author of “Comfort and Judgement: Nineteenth Century Advice Manuals and the Scripting of Australian Identity”, will be in conversation with architect, Charity Edwards to decipher the permanency of design’s impact dating from Australia’s fraught colonial projects.


  • Associate Professor Gene Bawden, Head, Department of Design, Monash University Art Design and Architecture
  • Charity Edwards, Architect, Lecturer and Director of Public Programs – Department of Architecture, Monash University Art Design and Architecture

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: The Seven Grandfathers Teachings as an Indigenous design process
reFrame: Melbourne’s future mobility
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.

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