Maddern Square, a hidden pocket of open space in Footscray, will be transformed by children during a three-month residency by local architect firm Public Realm Lab.
Little humans and the big ones that care for them are invited to shape this public space into a playful learning landscape for kids, by kids.
Kick off the creativity at the Build Party, part of Melbourne Design Week, where you'll have the opportunity to design and create space for play using donated and recycled materials.
Come play and learn with us!
Build Party: 27 - 28 March
Work in small groups with educators and designers to create and assemble a playground (and most importantly, play with your creation!) from loose parts. There will be four 2.5-hour sessions held over the weekend.
Hack Our Play
Use tyres, barrels, crates and pipes to create an obstacle course.
Create sprinklers and direct water using PVC pipes and fittings.
Move mountains with wheelbarrows, buckets and carts!
Release your inner street artist.
Build seats and low climbing walls using milk crates and zip ties.
Times: Four 2.5-hour sessions
Cost: Free event
Registrations: open soon
Mini Maddern Residency: 29 March - 27 June
Stop by to see what's happening! Something is on every week.
VU's Early Childhood students will be developing a series of engaging drop-in activities.
Check @minimaddern on Instagram for regular program updates!
Closing party: 26 - 27 June
More information to come.
About Public Realm Lab
Public Realm Lab is a design practice focused on creating environments that nurture social relationships and enhance (sub)culture at home, at work and in our public spaces.
This residency is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University as part of the Footscray University Town initiative.