Personal But Not Private
Past Event

Personal But Not Private


Thu 18 May 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fri 19 May 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mon 22 May 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tue 23 May 9:00am - 6:00pm
Wed 24 May 9:00am - 6:00pm
Thu 25 May 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fri 26 May 9:00am - 6:00pm


Free, no booking required


RMIT Design Hub level 3 entry foyer, corner Victoria and Swanston Streets
Building 100, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia


Accessible bathroom Assistance animals welcome Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Personal But Not Private is interested in the contrast that exists in the perceptions and experiences of Melbourne’s public housing estates. While home is deeply personal, housing is a public matter. While stigma is cast upon the estates, diverse communities and identities are nurtured within them. Where a bunch of pipes and signage might be seen as ugly to some, in another’s eyes, they are a source of delight.

Personal But Not Private explores the building façade as a way to engage with these contrasts. Through abstraction and analysis of elements such as windows, signage, balconies and mechanical services, the exhibition creates an environment for perspectives to be shared or challenged.

This event is supported by RMIT Culture.


Guled Elyas

Guled Elyas is an architecturally trained multi-disciplinary artist, exploring the connections and memories between people and their environment through architecture, particularly in relation to ideas of home. Born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, Guled moved to Melbourne (Narrm/Birrarangga) where he currently calls home.

In collaboration with NH Architecture, Personal But Not Private is interested in the dichotomy of perceptions and experiences of Melbourne’s public housing estates. The aged buildings have provided sanctuary for generations, however leave much to be desired for. Personal But Not Private hopes to inspire conversation on the future of public housing.

NH Architecture

NH Architecture is a Melbourne based group of architects and designers working in a collaborative, open forum. Their approach centres on user experience, leveraging evidence-based design strategies to create places that are responsive, inspiring and enduring.

From engaging with communities to resolving the smallest details, at every stage, NH Architecture work to design places for people.

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