Melbourne regularly makes it into 'top ten' lists: most livable cities, most sporting cities, most culturally diverse cities... But how much do you actually know about Australia's second largest city?
In groups of 4, your task is to conduct an in-depth exploration of the city of Melbourne, focusing especially on an aspect of Melbourne life, chosen from the list below. Your findings will be presented in a 10 minute documentary suitable for a segment on Channel 10's "The Project".
Areas of focus
Choose one focus area from the following list. Each heading links to a more detailed explanation.
Criminal and Commercial Melbourne
In Melbourne's mind
You are challenged to avoid the most obvious observations about your focus area; go beyond the tourist guide version of Melbourne, and explore its living, authentic, quirky heart.
First hand research
Your exploration of Melbourne must be a personal one. In conducting your research, you must physically visit relevant sites of interest (virtual visits won't be enough). You need to record evidence of your visits, in the form of video, audio or still photos, and include these in your documentary.
What are the latest art commissions for Melbourne? What's the most expensive piece of street art? How long does it take to create an art project?
What do art curators do? Go ahead and ask!
Public Art projects - City of Melbourne
Wander Melbourne's city streets and intimate laneways to find inspiring works of art in some surprising places. See some examples here.
What is the gender proportion of statues in Melbourne? What is the gender proportion of commissioned artists?
Public Art - This is very useful if you're planning your walk since it provides locations.
Ever wonder how easy it is to make a living by busking? Why not talk to the buskers around Melbourne?
The city of Melbourne is full of buskers and street performers. Visit this website to see where you are most likely to find them.
Did you know...
that the use of lithium to treat bipolar disorder was invented in Melbourne?
that the bionic ear was invented in Melbourne?
that Melbourne used to be bigger than Sydney before 1920s?
that places that are now hip and cool used to be crime-ridden working class, poor neighbourhoods?
that St Kilda Road used to be a country road between the city and St Kilda where people were held up by bushrangers?
Visit The G and the National Sports Museum to kick a footy and other interactive stuff. Why not interview some of the members?
AAMI Park The bio-frame roof design is unique in Australia and the world. What are some of it's unique features?
Investigate the city's professional sporting clubs that call Melbourne and Olympic Parks home.
Interested in finding out about the diversity of music happening in Melbourne? Get an overview or focus on a musical genre.
Choirs of Melbourne (alphabetical listing)
Federation Bells - You can submit a composition for the bells!
Make time to talk to the people who organise author talks at The Wheeler Centre.
The Wheeler Centre Books, writing, ideas
What kind of questions would you ask people who work in these bookshops?
The Haunted Bookshop - cult horror and sci-fi classics
Travellers Bookstore - dedicated to your travel experiences
Metropolis Bookstore - art, graphic design, architecture, photography, textiles, music, film and more
Minotaur - the pop culture megastore
Find out how this initiative based in Ross House basement carpark is dealing with Degraves Street waste in a creative way.
What are other recycling initiatives in Melbourne?
Interested in architecture? urban design? the environment? Why not find out all you can about Council House 2?
CH2 is located at 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
CH2 has been designed to not only conserve energy and water, but improve the wellbeing of its occupants through the quality of the internal environment of the building. CH2 demonstrates a new approach to workplace design, creating a model for others to learn from and follow.
What else can you find out about environmentally friendly buildings in Melbourne?
Think about what you would like to find out about environmental projects in the CBD.
Clean Up Australia - volunteers welcome
More and more community gardens are springing up in Melbourne. Here are 5 of the best.
Above: the gardens on the roof of Federation Square
Location: back of Fed Square above the carpark. (See where other pop-up veggie patches are here.)
What other community gardens and gardening initiatives can you find? Go and talk to people who are involved.
Talk to people who run the very important charity organisations in our communities.
Urban Seed is a small, community based organisation that responds to poverty in Victoria. The hub is Credo Café – a colourful, friendly place that has been carved out of the basement of Collins Street Baptist Church.
Vendors come from all walks of life with many . Some are homeless; some have intellectual of physical disabilities and some are struggling with addictions. All of our vendors have been marginalised through their circumstances and are looking to improve their lives.