Pavilion X design intervention by Australian Institute of Architects and University of Canberra

Saturday, 21 November 2023 @ | Canberra CBD

Additional dates

  • Saturday, 21 November 2023
  • Sunday, 22 November 2023
  • Monday, 23 November 2023
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2023
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2023
  • Thursday, 26 November 2023
  • Friday, 27 November 2023
  • Saturday, 28 November 2023
  • Sunday, 29 November 2023

Cost: Free

Dates: Saturday 21 November to Sunday 29 November

Times: 24 hours, although the Pavilion will not be attended at all times

Venue: Pavilion X

Address: Garema Place, Canberra

Bookings: None, drop-ins welcome

Website: pavilionx.com.au


Pavilion X is a site-specific temporary design intervention in Garema Place conceived as a catalyst for conversations about urban renewal, public space and aspirations for the city. In recent years, development has seen the focus of much activity in other parts of Canberra. Come and meet with architects and designers to share your perspectives and explore design ideas. How would you like to use public space? What do you hope for the future of Civic? This intervention will occur in the heart of the public spaces across Civic, in Garema Place, Petrie Plaza and City Walk, along with Civic Square. Pavilion X is designed and built by University of Canberra students. The project is a partnership between the University of Canberra, the Australian Institute of Architects, the ACT Government, Canberra CBD Limited and other community organisations.


Pavilion X Opening

Opening by Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA, and Professor Lyndon Anderson, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra.


Forum X: New Approaches to Housing
Saturday 21 November, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

With our cities rapidly changing, four case studies present alternative housing typologies and approaches to development. Local Architects will be joined by special guests Jeremy McLeod and Tamara Veltre from Breathe Architecture, who will discuss The Commons and Nightingale projects.

Featured Speakers:
Jeremy McLeod
Tamara Veltre
Marcus Graham
Nathan Judd
Melinda Dodson


Forum X: The Big Vision For Canberra
Sunday 22 November, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

With lots of projects on the table – City to the Lake, Capital metro, plans for City Hill, a city stadium and a new convention centre, this forum explores Canberra’s future city design.

Featured Speakers:
Alistair Swayn
Malcolm Snow
Erin Hinton
John Guida
Enrico Taglietti
Rob Thorman


Architecture and Making / Architect as Maker
Monday 23 November, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

With the accessibility of digital fabrication there is a growing maker movement and projects such as Pavilion X have been designed for learning by making. Hear architects and collaborators discuss the approach they take to design.

Featured Speakers:
David Morris
Joti Weijers-Coghlan
Angelina Russo
Thor Diesendorf
Lester Yao
Andy Verri

David Morris and Joti Weijers-Coghlan will present their project from the UniSA design build program which David Morris has been running for over 20 years immediately prior at 11.30 in Shopfront X2, Level 1, Garema Centre.


Homelessness and the latent Potential of Adaptive Reuse
Thursday 26 November, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

With high vacancy rates in old office buildings across the city can we promote more adaptive reuse? Follow up discussion generated by the Anti-poverty Week Green Paper ‘Redefining the Housing Affordability Crisis’.

Featured Speakers:
Alastair MacCallum
Frances Crimmins
Susan Helyar


Public Spaces After-Hours: Urban Hang-outs and Third Places
Thursday 26 November, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

What keeps people from “hanging out” in Garema Place? Taking the theme Participation + Spectacle from the This Public Life Festival of Landscape Architecture held in Melbourne earlier this year as a frame, this discussion invites the community to consider the use of public spaces outside office hours and during off-peak times.

Featured Speakers:
Catherine Keirnan
Phil Nizette
Neil Hobbs
Eliot Duffy
Anthony Linard
Peter Barclay
Sasha Trpkovski

To be followed by a screening of parkour and free-running film ‘My Playground’.

Tactical urbanism, pop-ups and participatory design
Friday 27 November, 5.30pm – 7.00pm

There are a growing group of Canberrans advocating for and practicing community and artist led design, where instead of the fixed masterplan that is implemented from the top-down city development is collaborative, iterative, experimental and bottom-up growing from a strong local understanding of place.

Featured Speakers:
Janet Thomson
Yasmin Masri
Pat Rose
George Katheklakis
Bronwen Jones
Patrick Stein

To be followed by short films ‘Urban Screening’ and ‘Public Space Propositions’.


Public space – the heart of the city?
Sunday 29 November, 1.00pm – 2.30pm

This will be immediately after the Archi-TEENS Young Designers Take on Garema Place Ideas Competition Award Ceremony, 12.00-1.00pm with Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA.

Garema Place, City Walk, Petrie Plaza and Civic Square feel neglected with the focus of recent development elsewhere and their future is the subject of debate. What are our aspirations for public space? What makes public space work? Should cars be reintroduced?

Featured Speakers:
Peter Nelson (Brisbane)
Annabelle Pegrum
Ann Cleary
Jane Easthope
Johnathan Efkarpidis
with finalists of the Young Designers ‘Take on Garema Place Ideas Competition

To be followed by Peter Nelson presenting the successes of recent public space projects in Logan, Brisbane at 3.00pm in Shopfront X2, Level 1, Garema Centre.


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