There is a lot to love about Melbourne - just ask the locals. This sophisticated world city in the south-east corner of mainland Australia inspires a deep passion in those who live here.
Melbourne is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melburnians love the city's vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character.
Melbourne is a young city and as such it never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.
(text adapted from City of Melbourne website; photos courtesy Tourism Victoria and Albie Colvin)
The conference venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
MCEC brings people together to deliver world-class events and create memorable visitor experiences. MCEC provides the right spaces to connect, leading technology, award-winning food made in-house and exceptional customer service. Located on the banks of the Yarra River, MCEC offers sweeping city views, and is only a short stroll to Melbourne’s city centre. Add all of this to Melbourne’s unique character – a vibrant city with a relaxed atmosphere – and you’ll find yourself in the perfect place to learn, share and connect in one of the world’s most liveable cities. Visit www.mcec.com.au for more information.
Conference opening: Melbourne School of Design (Sunday)
The new Melbourne School of Design, located at the centre of the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, is a state-of-the-art academic facility, designed by John Wardle Architects (Melbourne) and NADAAA (Boston) in collaboration. A large-scale laboratory for built environment education and research, the building sets a new standard for design education in the Asia-Pacific region. Embedded in the design is a commitment to sustainability and green architecture. The Melbourne School of Design building has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design - Education Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of Australia and is the first education facility to be awarded the maximum 10 Green Star innovation credits.
Awards Gala Dinner: Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria (Tuesday evening)
As a function space the National Gallery of Victoria is truly unique. The Great Hall is famous for its high ceiling which showcases a stunning stained glass design.
Venue for pre-conference workshops: Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The Sidney Myer Asia Centre is a multi-purpose building that responds to a range of functions to serve the needs of both University teaching and exhibition space and the headquarters of an education/business group, Asialink. The building incorporates a 500 seat lecture theatre, language laboratories, general teaching spaces and research bases for PHD students together with the necessary staff offices.