“New Order Goes Public” (detail), Crowd Magazine, January 1984, author Ian McDougall, photographer Dominic Lowe, RMIT Design Archives, Michael Trudgeon and Jane Joyce Collection © 2023 Michael Trudgeon and Jane Joyce, and Dominic Lowe.
Past Event

Radical Melbourne: City of Ideas

Presented by RMIT Culture


Thu 18 May 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Free, booking required


The Capitol – RMIT University
113 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Accessible bathroom Assistance animals welcome Hearing loop available Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Melbourne in the 1980s was a testing ground for new ideas to emerge and flourish in design disciplines across the spectrum from fashion to architecture. Driven by inclusive and imaginative subcultures, often supported by a sympathetic state government, the social and cultural infrastructure of the city and inner suburbs was radically transformed.

Reflecting on the radical ideas that made Melbourne the vibrant city it is today, this Culture Salon delves deeper into the exhibition Radical Utopia: an archaeology of a creative city, now on at RMIT Gallery.

Radical Utopia co-curator and Journal co-editor, Harriet Edquist AM, joins Journal contributing author and Melbourne School of Design senior lecturer Karen Burns in a conversation moderated by Professor Sarah Teasley.

Shaped by Burns’ essay Collage City: Melbourne Architecture in the 1980s, the Salon will explore how architecture students, academics and progressive professionals – driven by inclusive subcultures and supported by a sympathetic government – spearheaded the city’s transformation and established a character still recognisable today.

This Salon also launches RMIT Design Archives Journal Radical Utopia, Vol. 13 No. 1, 2023. Copies of the edition will be on sale at the event.

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