Merchant Builders: towards a new archive

Merchant Builders: towards a new archive

In 2015, the Melbourne School of Design is celebrating the fifty-year legacy of Merchant Builders with an exhibition of material collected by students, staff and key individuals connected to one of Australia’s most important project house builders from the 1960s to the 1980s. The curatorial approach unpacks the story of Merchant Builders (1965-1991) through a chronological understanding of its origins, its houses, its architects, its clients, its design philosophy, its approach to landscape, policy and planning, its graphics and advertising, and its photographic documentation, and through the rediscovery of the breadth and diversity of the individuals involved. It is a story about rethinking about how one might live in Melbourne that is as relevant today as it was when David Yencken and John Ridge founded the company in 1965.

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