DADo Film Society

DADo is the film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation and dedicated to films on architecture, design + urbanism DADo 2018 Screening Season Welcome to our 2018 film season. The season will run from April to September. this year's program explores the relationship between us, humans, and our built environment and the things we interact with. We hope you can...
Wed April 18th - Wed September 12th

Walsh Street Tour 19th April – SOLD OUT

Featured as a part of the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival 2018: ‘My Culture, My Story’, we will be offering the opportunity to learn more about Boyd and his design legacy, with guided Design Tours through the Walsh Street residence. Robin was considered the architectural voice of the late 1940’s – 1960’s. Leading the Small Homes Service...
Thu April 19th @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Walsh Street Tour 26th April – SOLD OUT

Featured as a part of the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival 2018: ‘My Culture, My Story’, we will be offering the opportunity to learn more about Boyd and his design legacy, with guided Design Tours through the Walsh Street residence. Robin was considered the architectural voice of the late 1940’s – 1960’s. Leading the Small Homes Service...
Thu April 26th @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

EMERGING ARCHITECT PRIZE TOUR

Emerging Architect Prize Tour 2017 National Emerging Architect Prize recipient Anthony Balsamo presents a diverse portfolio of award-winning architectural projects, unbuilt work and anecdotes from EmAGN, SA Chapter Council, fellowship travel, festivals and collaborations in architecture. Joining us on the night to speak we have previous Emerging Architect...
Thu May 3rd

Robin Boyd – State Library Victoria Seminar

Registration is now open for 'Discovering Robin Boyd' – a seminar exploring the legacy of Boyd through the archive held at State Library Victoria (SLV). This diverse program of speakers brought together by Mary Lewis, Naomi Mullumby and Peter Johnson of SLV will give an extensive insight to the body of work undertaken by Boyd and his continuing influence...
Sat July 21st @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

School Holiday Programme

The Robin Boyd Foundation believes that the best way to understand and appreciate the value of good design is to visit the actual physical buildings. This has always been at the core of our Open Day programmes, inspiring and provoking our adult audiences with good design for the last 10 years. Our aim is to build on this expertise and the success of our...
Fri September 21st - Sun October 7th

Ongoing Programs

Continuing the work and ethos of Robin Boyd through an active, innovative and ongoing series of design focussed public learning programs and events.

The Robin Boyd Foundation aims to deepen understanding of the benefits of design through:

– Design Awareness

– Design Literacy

– Design Advocacy

The Foundation runs a regular program of Lectures, Workshops and Seminars throughout the year at Walsh Street. The year long programming makes a significant contribution to the City of Melbourne’s contemporary design discourse.

Open Day Programme

The Robin Boyd Foundation hosts a regular series of public open days in privately owned homes.These open days provide a unique opportunity for people to view and experience the design qualities of some outstanding buildings.

The Open days include buildings designed by Robin Boyd together with the work of Boyd’s colleagues and contemporaries, the work of Architects whose work Boyd admired; and the work of recent and currently practicing Architects whose work continues to demonstrate the benefits of good design.

PAST OPEN DAY ARCHIVE

Speaker Series

A regular program of public lectures and speakers is held at Walsh Street. The events are set based on a topical theme within design or architecture. Our speakers series events have been a great success with the last series ‘Ethics of Architecture’ running between June and September 2016. The draw of discussing important topics in the inspirational setting of Walsh Street means that these events usually sell out very quickly.

During the summer events are held in the courtyard and at other times inside the house.

PAST SEMINAR ARCHIVES

Dado Film Society

A society dedicated to the screening of documentaries and films on architecture, design and urbanism.

Enjoy screenings of the best in documentaries + films on architecture, design + urbanism at ‘Walsh Street’, the house designed by Robin Boyd for his family in 1957. DADo screens feature-length films as well as shorts + animations, some will be imported into Australia exclusively for our subscription only screenings, others will be classic favourites. Guest speakers will offer their own unique perspectives on the film subjects to kick off the conversation.

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Design Studios

Each year, in association with Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, and the City of Melbourne, we host a number of residential Design Studios at Walsh Street.

The design studios explore the public role of design professionals.

They provide an opportunity for architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and planning students to be better equipped theoretically and practically and to develop critical thinking around design in an urban context and the role of good design for the community.

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Musical Performances

Music was an important part of the lives of Robin and Patricia Boyd. Music was often played at Walsh Street and the Boyd Family were regular attendees at concerts and musical performances.

We are very lucky to welcome Robin Boyd’s grandson to Walsh Street each year as part of our musical performance programming. Rupert Boyd is an acclaimed classical guitarist based in New York.

The Foundation will host small musical performances, usually in the courtyard at Walsh Street. These performances will be open to friends of the Foundation and general public.

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School Holiday Workshops

We aim to build on 10 years of expertise and programming successes to expand our reach to the next generation.

Our holiday workshops will provide an opportunity for students to explore Walsh Street, investigate the Small Homes Service and then think, speak, draw and analyse todays homes. Teaching how to observe, understand and question the decisions we make. Instead of asking how big is your home? the question will become how smart are our homes?

We are currently seeking funding to enable us to facilitate this program in 2017.

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