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When:  Wednesday 24 May, 5 to 6:30pm
Where:  The Greenhouse, 191 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne

As we look to the future of design in an increasingly complex era and the transformation of the former Holden site, what are the lessons we can draw from the legacy of design in Fishermans Bend? 

For nearly 60 years the General Motors Holden design studio in Fishermans Bend was one of the most successful industrial design studios in Australia. Globally recognised, a strong community of practice and both a competitive and highly collaborative culture was crucial to Holden’s success as a powerhouse of automotive design, engineering and manufacturing.  

Today, the transformation of the former Holden site into the Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct is a key part of Australia’s largest urban renewal project.   It will be the heart of what is envisaged to be ‘an internationally renowned centre of innovation in advanced manufacturing, engineering and design’, including the University of Melbourne’s new design and engineering campus. 

Join us for this panel discussion to learn how stories from the past are shaping design for the future of Fishermans Bend. 

Panel includes:

  • Professor Harriet Edquist – design historian   
  • Dr Norm Darwin – automotive historian 
  • Leane Hodyl – Hodyl and Co.
  • Dan Hill – Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
  • Matt Mackay, Aspect Studios
  • Michael Blancato, Kerstin Thompson Architects

Go to the Melbourne Design Week website for more information, and to find about all the other events that are part of Melbourne Design Week.

FREE, but booking essential via TryBooking.