Past Event

Design, Unbuild: Autumn Room

Presented by Monash Architecture


Thu 18 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri 19 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Sat 20 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Sun 21 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Mon 22 May 7:30am - 6:00pm
Tue 23 May 7:30am - 6:00pm
Wed 24 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Thu 25 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri 26 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Sat 27 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Sun 28 May 7:30am - 11:00pm
Sun 28 May 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Maker Talk


Free, no booking required


Collingwood Yards, main courtyard
Collingwood Yards, Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom Assistance animals welcome Seating available Wheelchair accessible

In collaboration with Monash Architecture students, a Design Make/Unbuild process is used to design and construct an Autumn room in the courtyard at Collingwood Yards. The room is constructed using the large Plane trees, which will be in various states of Autumn defoliation, as a structure. The primary purpose of the room will be to serve as an event space during MDW, and then it will function as a Winter room for the community/precinct after the event.

The ‘Autumn Room’ is intended to provoke and demonstrate alternative ways of creating semi-permanent spaces in response to seasonal needs. It will propose a world that embraces current notions of degrowth, reuse, and non-disturbance/occupation of land. The room can be programmed for events during MDW by Monash Architecture and Collingwood Yards, among others.

Architect Ross Brewin (Gilby + Brewin Architecture and Senior Lecturer Monash Architecture) will coordinate the Design Make project to realize the room, with support from Baracco+Wright Architects (Louise Wright, Practice Professor Monash Architecture), Nigel Burdon, Aecom, and in collaboration with Collingwood Yards.

As part of Melbourne Design Week, the structure hosts the ReSchool: Maker Talk, which focuses on making as an essential part of learning through doing, embedded in Monash Art Design and Architecture’s culture. The collaborators of Autumn Room will discuss the process and design ideas in the context of ReSchool, Monash Architecture’s ongoing investigation and reflection on how and what they teach, and the ways they position architecture. The talk will be chaired by Millie Cattlin.

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