Tue 22 Mar
10:00 am – 10:00 pm


One of Melbourne’s thousands of newly built high-rise apartments. This event can be livestreamed via Melbourne School of Design’s YouTube account: If prompted for a password, please enter: 152853

Loungeroom in a two-bedroom apartment in the Avant tower, 60 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, 3000, on Friday the 22nd of May, 2021. Photo: Helen Runting, 2021

High-Rise Colloquium Past Event

Presented by Hélène Frichot (University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design) and Helen Runting (Secretary)

Over the course of 12 hours, from 10am to 10pm, architectural theorists Hélène Frichot and Helen Runting broadcast from an apartment in one of Melbourne’s residential high-rise towers, live-streaming talks with architects, scholars, activists and professionals within the built environment disciplines about the feminist and utopian potentials of the high-rise as an architectural typology, and its pitfalls as a container technology for human lives. These conversations will connect different parts of the apartment to different cities around the world, with each of the invited guests given 40 minutes to share a high-rise story, either in person or via videolink.

10-11.00 Andrés Jaque, Office for Political Innovation, New York (US): Opening Keynote
11-12.00 Presentation: Amelyn Ng, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (US): “A Note on Real Estate Salescraft”
12.00-18.00 Rolling program including presentations and discussions with: Ilan Weisel (School of Geography, University of Melbourne), author of Power, Glamour and Angst: Inside Australia’s Elite Neighbourhoods; Louise Dorignon (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT); Jaqui Alexander (Department of Architecture, Monash University), and other Australian scholars and thinkers.
18-19.00 Presentation: Fredrik Torisson, LTH (Sweden): “Malmhatthanism”
19-20.00 Presentation: Marija Maric, ETH (Zurich): “Real Estate Poetry”
20-21.00 Lilian Chee, University of Singapore: Closing Keynote
21-22.00 Hélène Frichot and Helen Runting: Closing Discussion, “Life in the Shallows”

with guest hosts Loren Adams, Esther Anatolitis and Timothy Moore.