Melbourne has earned its well-deserved place on the world stage as a hub of culture and creativity as the National Gallery of Victoria hosts the first Melbourne Design Week.

For this year’s event, local and international innovators have been asked to respond to the theme “Design Values,” and tackle the question: “What does design value, and what do we value in design?”

From the 16th to the 26th of March, Melbourne Design Week will champion the creative thinking in design that has come to define our city while considering its future.

An initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, the lively ten-day event will feature exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours in collaboration with Open House Melbourne, international guests and keynote speakers, product launches and more throughout the city and at the NGV.

The first of four annual Design Week events that the NGV will curate as part of the larger Victorian Design Program, the event will explore the value that design adds to Victorian communities, businesses, industries and lives.

With an inspiring line-up of events to choose from, the CC team have picked out a selection of highlights to help you get the most out the week.

Design for all? Quality affordable housing and the right to the city

Presented by humanitarian organisation Architects for Peace, Design for all? deliberates progressive housing models as a way of counteracting the skyrocketing property values that are dominating our housing climate. Expert panellists will explore the possibility of whether the design of individual housing projects can contribute to a better-built, community-driven and fairer city and consider the possibility that our current housing market stems from a broader societal issue.

Thursday 23rd of March, 6.30-8.30pm.

ACMI X tour

With trends such as hot-desking and co-working on the rise, the definition of an office has become more malleable than ever before. ACMI X’s state-of-the-art offices, designed by award-winning architects Six Degrees will be open to visitors, offering a rare opportunity to catch an up-close glimpse of this unique style of working. Architect Peter Malatt will take visitors through the development of the co-working space that houses an eclectic mix of filmmakers, artists, producers, designers and screenwriters.

Tuesday 21st of March, 2-3pm.

Watch this Place Urban Design Panel

Chaired by Victorian Government architect Gill Garner, Watch this Place assembles leading design thinkers and practitioners to facilitate a lively debate presenting innovative ideas for Victoria. The conversation is set to centre on the diverse possibilities for elevating the design response to the complex issues facing Victorian communities. Speakers will share examples from different design values across the world as a means of considering how we may shape Melbourne in the future.

Saturday 18th of March, 12pm-1.30pm.

Melbourne Art Book Fair

As avid readers here at CC it’s impossible not recommend the Melbourne Art Book Fair. The largest of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, this weekend-long event sees the NGV great hall transform into every art and book aficionado’s dream with a program that includes free talks, book launches, performances and more than 200 publishers featuring art, design, architecture and photography from around the world. With appearances from some of our favourites, such as Assemble Papers, Patrick Pound and international guests Self Publish Be Happy, we can’t wait to see what coffee table-worthy tomes will be on show.

16th to 19th of March.

For the full program and to see what else the week has to offer click here.