• 27 March 2021, 10:00am to 27 June 2021, 6:00pm
Maddern Square
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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!

The program

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.

Water Play
Create sprinklers and direct water using PVC pipes and fittings.

Sand Pit
Move mountains with wheelbarrows, buckets and carts!

Laneway Painting
Release your inner street artist.

Crate Seating
Build seats and low climbing walls using milk crates and zip ties.

Times: Four 2.5-hour sessions 
Cost: Free event
Registrations: Book online now!

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.

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Contact us

Katrina Gubbins
Communications Coordinator
Precincts, Communities and Government Relations
+61 3 9919 5130