Making Spaces Public
Urbanists and planners need to engage in broader and messier practices if they are to design inclusive and accessible public spaces. The production of space is as much a social and political process, as a physical one, and identities of places are often latent, contested and invisible. A new genre of artists and creative practitioners are engaging in public space, using site-based practices that catalyse new uses, build new constituencies, and amplify marginalised voices. This roundtable event will bring together five leading creative practitioners from Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), all working in the public realm, to reveal a more representative city and explore the ways we can make spaces truly public.
About the speakers
Professor Mel Dodd (Moderator) is Head of Architecture at Monash Art, Design and Architecture and Director of Monash Urban Lab. She has led architecture at a range of institutions since 1995, including the CASS, in London, RMIT University, and most recently Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She has unique experience with innovative public realm collaborations between universities, external agencies and communities. Publications include ‘Live Projects: Designing with People’ (RMIT Press, 2012) and ‘Spatial Practices: Modes of Action and Engagement with the City (Routledge 2019).
N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM is founding Chair of the Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council and custodian of the Yalukit Willam in Birrung-ga. She is Indigenous Research Fellow in the Wominjeka Djeembana Indigenous research lab, at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.
Timothy Moore is a director of Sibling Architecture, lecturer of architecture at Monash University, and the co-curator of Melbourne Design Week presented by the National Gallery of Victoria. Timothy also works as a researcher at Monash University’s XYX Lab, which explores gender-sensitive design practices and theory where he has contributed to exhibitions, publications, events and advocacy that investigates the intersections of sexuality, gender and architecture.
Sarah Lynn Rees is an associate and Lead Indigenous Advisor at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, is a Lecturer at Monash University and program advisor and curator of the BLAKitecture series for MPavilion. She is Director of Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, and Co-Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects First Nations Advisory Working Group.