Free, no booking required.


Wed 23 Mar
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Spring Street, opposite Gordon Reserve
Thu 24 Mar
12:00 am – 5:00 pm
ACCA forecourt
Fri 25 Mar
12:00 am – 5:00 pm
ACCA forecourt
Sat 26 Mar
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gertrude Street, Fitzroy in front of Atherton Gardens


ACCA Forecourt and roving locations

A collage made up of magazine clippings of furniture, objects and people, positioned against the background of Parliament House
Assemblage, Collage by Zheng Chin, 2021

Open/Lab Past Event

Presented by Alliance for Praxis Research x Public Street

Open/Lab is a portable structure which encourages opportunities for social encounters. As a piece of tactical urbanism, this adaptable and modular structure responds to defensive architecture, which is commonly understood as interventions in the urban form which make sites intentionally uninhabitable. Open/Lab is designed to encourage generative discussion around access, and how we might plan and design for more convivial, accessible and diverse cities.

As an adaptable civic space, Open/Lab can be used as a pop-up space to rest on your own, have lunch with friends, or debate with a stranger or anything in between. Open/Lab contains modular furniture that users can adapt to their own needs, including tables, chairs, rugs and shade. Designed in collaboration with Public Street and the Alliance for Praxis Research, Open/Lab is designed to be replicable with instructions on how to make a similar structure available on our website.

Open/Lab takes up residence in three different locations throughout the festival. Location and date details are as a follows:

  • Wednesday 23rd March: Spring Street, Melbourne opposite Gordon Reserve, 1:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 24th March: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Forecourt, 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Friday 25th March: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Forecourt, 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 26th March: Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, in front of Atherton Gardens, 2:00 – 6:00 PM

Come use the the pop-up placemaking structure as you see fit, including moving its location (but please return it to its original location if you do so) and adjusting its structure to be able to host more people. It is entirely free to use.

The organisers are hosting a series of pop-up conversations inside the structure with different guests discussing the role and challenges of public space. These will be recorded live in situ, inviting anyone in the area to join the conversation, and will be available later as a podcast.

This project has been kindly supported by the RMIT Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capabilities Platform.


Alliance for Praxis Research

Alliance for Praxis Research: The Alliance for Praxis Research (APR) is a collective formed by PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers from Monash University and RMIT University with backgrounds in anthropology, heritage, design, urban planning, environmental studies, among others. The alliance between disciplines, institutions and practices creates spaces and encounters for social change and expansion of knowledge. The Alliance for Praxis Research is made up of Alexandre Faustino, Ana Lara Heyns, Nicolas Guerra, Rachel Iampolski and Zheng Chin.

Public Street

Public Street is a platform for experimentation with place and space, and a civic lab that subverts the street and the experience of built forms and public realm through collaborative place-making, guerrilla interventions, talks, workshops, walks, publications and reading groups. Public Street is a project run by Rachel Iampolski and collaborators.

Alexandre Faustino
Ana Lara Heyns
Nicolas Guerra
Rachel Iampolski
Zheng Chin