The Living Pavilion


The Living Pavilion

The Living Pavilion is a living laboratory – a recyclable, biodegradable, edible and biodiverse event space.

Among 40 000 Kulin Nation plants and the reimagined Bouverie Creek (designed by Aboriginal artist Dixon Patten), the Living Pavilion’s temporary event space will host a range of thought-provoking and inspiring speakers, research activities, workshops and more. The 60-plus free events will explore relationships across Indigenous knowledge systems, ecological science, sustainable design and participatory arts.

Between May 1 and 17, the Living Pavilion will be open to all members of the public – to wander through and experience the dynamic landscape, and enjoy the programmed events and performances. Even though some events require registration, all events are free and we encourage people to enjoy the space even if they are not attending programmed events.

The Living Pavilion is located on the future site of Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development. Not only will the installation demonstrate the importance of endemic species and the skill of the First Peoples in knowing and protecting the land, it will also involve research into urban biodiversity, air quality, microclimate, social connection and place-attachment.

The Living Pavilion is a co-production and collaboration with Thrive Hub (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning), Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL Hub) of the National Environmental Science Program, the New Student Precinct of the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, and Climarte’s Art+Climate=Change 2019 festival.

The Living Pavilion’s major horticultural and design partners are the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and Ecodynamics. The Living Pavilion is lead by community artist and ecological designer Dr Tanja Beer, research fellow Zena Cumpston and Knowledge Broker Dr Cathy Oke.

The Living Pavilion respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which it takes place, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respect to their Elders, past and present.

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