Friday, 20 January 2017

Melburnians can share insights and ideas about what makes a sustainable and resilient city with 32 leading Australian and international philosophers, designers, activists and architects at the upcoming MRelay event presented by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

The day’s discussions will revolve around the themes of Cultivate, Play, Pause and Narrate with panel hosts including Peter Maddison - director of Maddison Architects and host of Grand Designs Australia, Australian artist Dr Christian Thompson, Karen McCartney - editorial director at Temple & Webster and Aboriginal activist and writer Nayuka Gorrie.

With a mission to inspire philanthropy and create positive social change, the Foundation has sponsored MPavilion – home to a dynamic program of free events presented over four months that celebrate design, architecture, collaboration, and art in public spaces – to engage the community in a discussion about what makes a sustainable Melbourne.

“MPavilion is a very exciting event and we are pleased to be part of the 2016/17 program,” said Catherine Brown, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Melbourne is one of the world’s most beautiful cities which we will celebrate throughout the MRelay discussion. It’s also an opportunity for us to discuss and identify some of the challenges around sustainability and resilience that we face as our city grows.”

Guests will pass the microphone from one speaker to the next and explore what keeps a city ticking and the urban fabric that binds it all together. From videogaming to urban farming, civic responsibility to meditation, speakers include Curator of Art and Design for Hong Kong’s M+ Aric Chen, Editor of i-D Australia Wendy Syfret; Founder of UK based Museum of Everything James Brett; Florey neuroscientist Julie Bernhardt and Australian furniture designer Mary Featherstone.

MRelay event is a free event (no bookings required) that will take place at MPavillion on Saturday 4 February from 10am. For more information please visit the MPavilion website.

2017 Themes, Times and Hosts:

  • 10am–12.30pm Cultivate: hosted by Peter Maddison, director of Maddison architects and host of Grand Designs Australia
  • 1pm–3.30pm Play: hosted by Australian-born and London-based artist, Dr Christian Thompson
  • 4pm–6.30pm Pause: hosted by Nayuka Gorrie, aboriginal activist and writer
  • 7pm–9.30pm Narrate: hosted by Karen McCartney, editorial director at Temple & Webster