March, 2022. Melbourne.

City Centre Encounters: The public spaces and people of the Post-Covid CBD

The effects of the pandemic on the urban dynamic have included a deep disturbance in the real estate market—reducing rent prices in the CBD and resulting in the consequent attraction of new public to the city of Melbourne.

As debates are increasing about the residential function of the CBD —and if possible, to say its role as a suburb in itself—we draw attention to a sensitive discussion about the lifestyles, identities, cultures and histories of those who make the city their home.

Join us for an evening of interactive discussion, where we ask:​

Instead of gathering an audience to sit elsewhere and hear from legitimised specialists about the City of Melbourne's urban dynamics, we invite you to meet with multiple voices—including researchers—at the heart of the CBD to share your experiences and relations with this place, while together we open our senses to feel the city’s pulse.

Hosted by APR as part of MPavillion 2022

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Spring 2021, Melbourne.

2021 Spring Encounters, hosted by MADA and facilitated by MGA.

The Alliance for Praxis Research (or APR) is pleased to announce the 2021 Spring Encounters, a space for HDRs and ECRs to network through a series of presentations led by a panel where HDRs can present and discuss their research with a broader audience. It is an HDR-led event for HDR candidates, hosted by Monash School of Arts, Design and Architecture (MADA) and facilitated by Monash Graduate Association (MGA).

Hosted by APR, facilitated by Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), and Monash Graduate Association (MGA).

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March, 2022. Melbourne.


The APR, partinaring with Public Street, will be occuping the city during Melbourne Design Week with an exciting public space intervention!

Open/Lab is a portable structure which encourages opportunities for social encounters. As a piece of tactical urbanism, it responds to defensive architecture, which is commonly understood as interventions in the urban form which make sites intentionally uninhabitable.


Open/Lab is designed to encourage generative discussion around access, and how we might plan and design for more convivial, accessible and diverse cities.

Check MDW website for more details of where to find us!

Hosted by APR and Public Street as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022

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September 17th, 2021. Melbourne.

Endengered public spaces?: Encountering the people of Melbourne City Centre

In light of COVID pandemic effects on the urban and real estate dynamics, we draw attention to sensitive discussions about the lifestyles, cultures and histories of who make the city their home. As part of the Festival of 'endangered' Urbanism 2021, this encounter will welcome people living in the CBD to discuss who are the publics of this place, what is this central district, and how it is being transformed right now. Join us for a neighbourhood gathering, at the heart of CBD, to share your experiences with this place, while together we map our identities, community relations and perceptions about the city.

Hosted by APR as part of The Festival of 'endangered' Urbanism 2021.

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March 18th, 2022. Melbourne.

Urban undercurrents: The hidden infrastructure of wild cities

For Melbourne Design Week, APR is collaborating with RMIT University to create an underground experience: URBAN UNDERCURRENTS


Urban Undercurrents is an interdisciplinary performative laboratory that roams the city tracing the human and more-than-human entanglements of what lies beneath the city and its culture.

Hosted by RMIT University and APR as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022

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September 2021, Melbourne.

Urban Undercurrents: The Hidden Infraestructre of Wild Cities.

Interdisciplinary Wild Cities Panel and Walk

A panel that roams, tracing the human and more-than-human entanglements of what lies beneath the city and its culture/natures. Artistic intervention, speculative proposition, community discussion—this live/digital event takes place in and between the cultural spaces of the Collingwood Yards and Collingwood Underground Carpark, inviting the audience into an experience of the city’s metaphoric and literal subterranea. What happens when climate action goes underground? How do government and industry agendas reverberate beneath our feet? What are the wild undercurrents and hidden infrastructures coursing all around—how do we encounter feral ecologies, contaminated creativity and stray ethics? And how do we make space for conversations and rituals that create the conditions for regeneration and wild life?

APR in collaboration with Prof. Wendy Steele, Prof. David Carlin, Dr. Fiona Hillary, Dr. Jordan Lacey, Aviva Reed, KERB Journal of Landscape Architecture and Master of Public Arts (RMIT).