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Centrepoint Arcade and the Architecture of Inclusion

March 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This talk will explore the architecture of Centrepoint Arcade with a particular focus on how the design of the space supports pro-social behaviour. The Arcade and the adjoining public space of the Little Malop Street Mall have been hotspots for crime and anti-social behaviour for decades with the built form of these spaces consisting of neglected facades, inactive edges and poorly designed furnishings and lighting. However positive change is occurring in the Arcade with the re-activation of shopfronts through art installations and the transformation of the light-filled Arcade atrium into a shared communal space for creatives and social service providers. This shift demonstrates how the defensive architectural language of security grilles, decaled windows and other mechanisms to ‘design out’ crime have failed to reduce the propensity of individuals to commit crime and have in fact actively contributed to the problem as the ‘broken windows theory’ posits. In contrast, the pro-social approach that is now being driven by Creative Geelong Inc is creating a more inclusive and safer place for all people and the built environment is fundamental to supporting this change.

This session is a collaboration between Dr Fiona Gray from Civic Collective and Creative Geelong.

Afternoon tea provided.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2019 organised by NGV in collaboration with Creative Victoria.

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March 22
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Makers Hub
132 Little Malop Street
Geelong, 3220


Creative Geelong