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The Munro Site & Life Between Buildings, Panel Talk as part of Open House Melbourne July 30 2022


The Munro Site & Life Between Buildings, Panel Talk as part of Open House Melbourne July 30 2022

Queen Vic Market Precinct, Munro Site Community Hub

SIX DEGREES PRESENTS The Munro Site & Life Between Buildings

As part of Open House Melbourne Weekend 2022, join us for an insightful panel talk on the heritage and planning behind the Munro Site as part of Queen Vic Market’s Precinct Renewal. Held in the new Community Hub, one of Australia’s most sustainable mixed-use developments, designed by Six Degrees, with adjacent towers designed by Bates Smart for City of Melbourne, PDG and Housing Choices Australia.

Hear stories from the source on a fascinating site and its transformation over time. Looking at contemporary culture, history and considered planning informing the evolution of the precinct to encourage more community engagement and life between buildings. Full speaker details below!

Now nearing completion, this is your chance to get an early look inside.

When: 1pm Saturday July 30

Where: Munro Site Community Hub, crn Therry and Queen St, Lev 1 City Room Building Tours will run at 10am, 12pm and 3pm on both days.

No Bookings required | First in best dressed.

See Open House Melbourne event listing for the Talk and Building Tours here.

Our excellent panel:

City Architect City of Melbourne

Since joining the City of Melbourne in 1985, Rob Adams has, through his role at the City, help write and implement the rejuvenation strategy for central Melbourne. This has resulted in Melbourne being voted, by the Economist Magazine, the world’s most liveable city on seven occasions.

He received the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2008, the Order of Australia in 2007, and the Australian Institute of Architect’s National President’s Award in 2018, and the CoM City Design team which he led have received over 160 international, state and local awards.

Rob has an international profile and has represented Australia on the Future of Cities Council of the World Economic Forum since 2008.

Since November 2020, he has fulfilled an advisor and mentoring role as the City Architect while also setting up his own practice Adams Urban.

Visual Artist who created the Munro Site façade Screen Works

Rose is a Melbourne-based artist and educator who works across a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking. Her practice regularly oscillates between the discrete and the monumental and is informed by a strong interest in architecture, interior and graphic design.

Rose’s practice is known for its investigation of the formal and linguistic qualities of words, directly using language to transform the architectural space they inhabit. By making language concrete in this way meaning is allowed to be approached differently. Rose employs a radically reduced palette of red and white and simple utilitarian materials and methods in an exploration of personal, playful and often self-effacing narratives.

Each work describes a concern for economy; a desire to be responsive to site; an interest in seriality and repetition; and the importance of language, interactivity, and the experience of the viewer.

Expert on the market’s history, archaeology and heritage, University of Melbourne

Belinda is an experienced heritage place manager, and former Strategy Development Manager and heritage specialist for Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd (2014 – 2020). During this period, she worked closely with the City of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal team to ensure the ongoing protection of the site’s heritage values including its social and cultural significance, unique built form heritage and archaeological potential.

Belinda is currently completing a Masters of Cultural Heritage at Deakin University and is part of the project team delivering the University of Melbourne’s new engineering and design campus at the former General Motors Holden site in Fishermans Bend.

As a 4th generation Munro, David brings a wealth of knowledge on the site’s history and transformation. Family owned for over 100 years, the Munro Building housed a diversity of tenants and saw the rise and decline of one of the country’s biggest car businesses. Growing up in the Queen Vic Market precinct, he spent his childhood talking to traders and learning colourful stories, bringing vivid memories of life unfolding at the market. A trained carpenter and builder, David worked on renovating many of the neighbourhood stores, as well as building and managing the famous Mercat Cross Hotel.