Brutalist Block Party is a May-long program of talks, workshops, lunches, dinners, social situations and a weekly produce market – presented by Assemble Papers and Open House Melbourne in a vast concrete-fronted warehouse in Clifton Hill. It’s a celebration of the under-celebrated – an homage to the site’s Brutalist heritage and to post-war architecture everywhere; a convivial nod to the spirit of community at the heart of this architectural approach.
The program unfurls amidst Brutalist Bollards and Pillars of Contention – a specially commissioned spatial installation by Practise Studio Practise. The Brutalist Bar ensures that the brutalist banter continues before, during and after each event.
Brutalist Block Party is part of a broader Open House Melbourne program called ’What’s the beef with Brutalism?’ – a series of screenings, talks and tours that consider people’s beef with a Béton brut, explore the social significance of the style, and consider what is the new, new brutalism?