M talks pin-up cities Melbourne & Barcelona

M talks pin-up cities Melbourne & Barcelona

MPavilion – Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct

Being two of the world’s ‘pin-up’ cities Barcelona and Melbourne share the reputation of liveable, cosmopolitan and design oriented.
There are similarities and differences; both centres are shaped by a regular street grid but develop it differently, both promote good design but treat designers differently, both enjoy vibrant street life but culture (and tourists) can get in the way. The history and issues faced by both cities and the contrasts between planning and architectural approaches are the topic of our open discussion.
A panel of four professionals and a moderator, all of them relevant professionals within the architecture and urbanism fields from both countries, sat together to engage a discussion around these two cities at two different levels.
Firstly, at a city scale, two urban structures and their distinct planning systems were compared. Melbourne has built Docklands, but Barcelona’s Port is something else.
The conversation will then zoomed into the smaller scale to talk about typical architectural developments and day-to-day architectural practice, which define the way in which cities are shaped, experienced and lived by their citizens.


December 4, 2018