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SOLD OUT Design Matters: Small Footprint Housing

Tue March 19th @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT

$20.00 – $30.00

Continuing the conversation on Affordable Housing, join us at Walsh Street for our next Design Matters talk: Small Footprint Housing. In the context of the housing crisis, cost of living crisis and climate and biodiversity crisis, the discussion will provoke thought around the way we live and why through the lens of small footprint housing. 

Facilitated by Madeline Sewall, panelists Dan Honey, Colin Chee and Mike Day will discuss the planning, design and delivery of small footprint housing, including current and perceived barriers, as well as lived experience, quality of life and environmental impact of living with less. 

Madeline Sewall, Breathe Architecture 

Madeline Sewall is the director of houses at Breathe Architecture. Since commencing work at Breathe Architecture in 2014, she has led projects and managed teams across a variety of sizes and typologies, ranging from home renovations to multi residential projects such as Nightingale Village. With her team, Madeline specializes in the design of sustainable, meaningful and loveable homes, working closely with families and builders on collaborative projects that have positive impact.

In the face of a climate and biodiversity crisis, Madeline is passionate about making sustainable architecture accessible and understandable to a wide audience. She contributes generously to the architecture industry and wider community through her participation in design media, TV, YouTube, podcasts, radio, panels, juries, committees, mentoring and more. She was awarded the Dulux Study Tour Prize in 2021 as recognition of these efforts.

Dan Honey, Molonglo  

Dan Honey is Chief Creative Officer at Molonglo –  a property developer with offices in Athens, Melbourne and Canberra. Molonglo’s built projects include a new centre for creative work in Collingwood, the restoration of a series of buildings in Athens, a 14-hectare neighbourhood in Canberra where light industry, working, living, recreation and entertainment will take place in a restored native landscape, and a modest housing prototype on an unassuming plot in Brunswick – in partnership with Paphitis C.I. Current collaborators include David Chipperfield Architects, Assemble (UK), 6a architects, Dan Pearson Studio, Peter Märkli and Pezo von Ellrichshausen and authors Rachel Cusk, Nadine Monem and Bruce Pascoe.

Dan spent seven years raising her family in a 55 square-metre apartment and believes small homes can be comfortable and uplifting as long as fundamentals such as light, height, airflow, outlook and acoustics are well considered.

Colin Chee, Never Too Small 

Never Too Small, born as a YouTube channel, has evolved into a modern media company promoting better small-space living globally. Through YouTube series, documentaries, TV shows, books, digital guides, and exhibitions, it inspires and educates on creative, sustainable design. Featured in publications like the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine, its creator, Colin Chee, also speaks at global events. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the core team collaborates with international talents, sharing a vision for sustainable, inclusive cities where small-footprint design thrives. Never Too Small advocates for a more resilient future through thoughtful living. 

Mike Day, HATCH | RobertsDay 

A co-founder and partner at HATCH | Roberts Day, Mike Day has moderated visioning and planning design forums and led the firm’s design teams responsible for an array of urban transformation projects and new towns throughout Australia, New Zealand, UAE and Asia since the inception of the company in 1993. Mike is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mike was the principal master planner and urban designer of the Ellenbrook New Town in Western Australia and in 2004, the recipient of the Russell Taylor Award for Design Excellence for Ellenbrook. Most recently Mike led the master planning for the jointly funded Consolidated Land and Rail Australia | Federal Government Strategic Business Case for the CLARA High Speed Rail and eight sustainable, liveable, connected cities between Sydney and Melbourne.

This event is generously supported by Brickworks Building Products, Konpira Maru Wines and Molly Rose Brewing.

Doors will open at 6.30 pm to allow attendees to explore Walsh Street and enjoy refreshments in the courtyard. The talk will commence promptly at 7 pm.

Prior to your visit, please note:
  • Attendees must be 16 years and over.
  • No external food or drink permitted.
  • Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
  • Stiletto or pointed heels are not permitted due to our cork flooring.
  • Tickets are refundable up to 72 hours prior to tour.
  • Tickets may be exchanged as long as the purchaser advises us of the new attendee’s name via email.

We offer discounted tickets to RBF Friends and Boyd Circle members – support the Foundation and join today.

Image: Colin’s Studio Photo: Nam Tran.


Tue March 19th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
$20.00 – $30.00


Walsh Street House
290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia


Robin Boyd Foundation


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