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Welcome to the Collective City: Open House Melbourne 2023 is here

The 2023 Open House Melbourne (OHM) has a new theme – Collective City. This year’s programme promises a unique range of activities that makes it stand out from earlier iterations.

Welcome to the Collective City: Open House Melbourne 2023 is here

Melbourne Holocaust Museum by Kerstin Thompson Architects, photograph by John Gollings.

The Open House Melbourne (OHM) 2023 program is focused on highlighting the city’s significant architectural heritage, while embracing the challenges of a growing metropolis. The extensive roster of almost 200 tours, events, design talks and experiences will take place this Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.

Under the banner of this year’s theme— Collective City — OHM aims to address Melbourne’s anticipated population growth, estimated to reach eight million by 2050. OHM’s executive director and chief curator, Tania Davidge, underlines the importance of this theme against the backdrop of economic and housing uncertainty. She emphasises the need to “reinvent, re-purpose and adapt our city to live better together now, and into the future.”

Albanian Mosque, Carlton North, photograph by Bari Nuhiji.

What sets the 2023 program apart from its predecessors is its comprehensive exploration of social and affordable housing in Victoria. An illuminating series of talks and tours, Making Home, probes into creating and improving community-forward social housing.

The program offers architecture enthusiasts an early look at the soon-to-open Holocaust Museum and a tribute film showcasing the career of celebrated Melbourne architect, Kerstin Thompson. A mix of modern and historical Melbourne homes, including 12 private residences, open their doors for guided tours, reflecting the city’s architectural progression over the years.

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Lippincott House, Rez Studio.

In line with OHM’s commitment to sustainability, the program also highlights the influential role of plants in addressing national landscape issues. The segment, Designing With Country, taps into Indigenous wisdom to guide us through contemporary challenges in community and architecture.

Open House Melbourne 2023 extends its reach to appeal to a broad range of Victorians. From guided walking tours and exhibitions to expert-led talks, the program encourages an enhanced understanding and appreciation of Melbourne’s architectural landscape.

Melbourne Holocaust Museum by Kerstin Thompson Architects, photograph by John Gollings.

A key element of OHM is the Heritage Address. In this insightful talk, comedian, author and historian Michael Veitch examines Melbourne’s historical trajectory, highlighting the city’s evolution into a vibrant metropolis.

OHM 2023 seeks to engage and educate with an inclusive and multifaceted program. It presents a chance to delve into Melbourne’s architectural treasures and to contemplate the city’s shared journey towards an equitable, sustainable, and future-oriented built environment.

Open House Melbourne 2023 runs over the weekend of 29-30 July.

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Albanian Mosque, Carlton North, photograph by Bari Nuhiji.
View of courtyard from upper level of Perry Street Building, photograph by Tom Ross.
Cox Architecture Melbourne Studio, photograph by Tommy Miller.
Photograph by Peter Clarke.

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