RMIT partners with Melbourne Design Week to explore how design can shape our future

RMIT partners with Melbourne Design Week to explore how design can shape our future

RMIT has partnered with Melbourne Design Week in 2022, as it explores the theme ‘Design the world you want.’

RMIT has partnered with Melbourne Design Week in 2022, as it explores the theme ‘Design the world you want.’

Commencing on Thursday, March 17, Melbourne Design Week will run for 11 days, hosting more than 350 exhibitions, talks, films, tours and workshops, in Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria.

An initiative of the Victorian Government, in collaboration with the NGV, Melbourne Design Week 2022 explores how design and creativity can transform aspects of society by benefiting everyone rather than individuals and interrogates the social and environmental impact of design.

RMIT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Design and Social Context (DSC) and Vice-President Professor Tim Marshall said the University is proud to partner with Melbourne Design Week as it “explores how design is tackling some of the biggest challenges we face today, tomorrow and into the future.”

“Living through the pandemic has brought about urgency and accelerated our reckoning with the fundamentals of our existence, such as the future of work and what it will take to design an inclusive and equitable community and society; our capacity to make sense of and design a just future in the face of profound technological changes; and our ability to redesign ways of being that ensure the future of the planet,” Professor Marshall said.

“I am immensely proud of RMIT’s continued involvement and grateful to all participants. I look forward to seeing the diverse ways design can work towards a better and healthier future that will be celebrated in this year’s program,” he said.

The award-winning RMIT Design Hub will host several key exhibitions and events throughout the 11-day program, including the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Showcase - Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence.

Other events will be held at RMIT’s The Capitol Theatre, while RMIT staff and students will be involved in dozens of events and workshops held throughout the city.

Explore some key RMIT events at Melbourne Design Week.

Victorian Premier's Design Awards showcase - Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence

Curated by Ian Wong, the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Showcase shines a spotlight on a quarter of a century of award-winning design in Victoria. Established in 1996, these awards have recognised and rewarded Victorian designers and businesses that display excellence in the way they use design. The exhibition explores through five themes: THEN, WHO, HOW, NOW and NEXT, the designers, their design practice, the outstanding work and its impact, not just here in Victoria, but on a global scale.

Where: RMIT Design Hub

When: Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 26

Beyond the Selfie

Louis Nuccitelli presents Beyond The Selfie, a panel discussion in collaboration with Christine Phillips and RMIT University, that investigates the relationship between image- and city-making. With panellists Liam Young, Ann Lau, Rory Hyde and Stephanie Pahnis, the event will discuss the role that social media currently plays in designing the built environment and whether social media can act as a tool in the architectural design process to offer a hopeful alternative for future cities.

Where: The Capitol, RMIT University

When: Thursday, March 24, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

AA Prize for Unbuilt Work 2022

The AA Prize for Unbuilt Work promotes debate and generates ideas about architecture in Australia by rewarding compelling work in its conceptual stages. Presented by Architecture Australia and this exhibition showcases the 40 shortlisted entries for this year’s prize.

Where: RMIT Design Hub, Victoria Street, Carlton

When: Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 26


Presented by RMIT’s Dr Jenny Underwood and Dr Leanne Zilka, Knitted Architecture investigates the use of digital design and 3d knitting technologies as an architectural system. Seamless knitting technologies, which ‘print’ 3d forms stitch by stitch (pixel by pixel) allow the designers to produce whole pieces of extruded textile tubes.

Where: Level 1, RMIT Design Hub, Victoria Street, Carlton

When: Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 26


Using the RMIT Design Archives collection as a springboard for the discussion, Design for Work Beyond 2021 focuses on the changing nature of work and its implication for designing for amenity, flexibility, well-being and the environment. Associate Professor Simon Lockrey, RMIT University will chair the session.with guest speakers Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga, RMIT University; Thami Croeser, a PhD student, RMIT University; and Alexis Kalagas, Head of Public Programs, Molonglo.

Where: RMIT Design Hub, Pavilion Level 10, 154 Victoria St, Carlton

When: Wednesday, March 23, 11am-12pm


Collingwood Makes is the culmination of a collaboration between staff and students from the Industrial Design Program at RMIT and the Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House (BANH) situated at the Collingwood estate. It is part of a research project called Porous Borders that looks at how design and creative practice methods and strategies can contribute to a community in the short term by expressing its values into tangible artefacts and spaces, and in the long term by skills building through making and creative practice. In this case the community is the Collingwood Estate and the broader geographical area is the suburb of Collingwood.

Where: Collingwood Yards Courtyard, 35 Johnston St, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood

When: Thursday, March 24, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Discover more RMIT events at Melbourne Design Week.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.