Urban Ideas Playground Expo

Come and explore our future city, dreamed up by the community during Melbourne Knowledge Week.

A vibrant collection of ideas and live illustrations by local Melbourne artists will be exhibited at Lincoln Square for you to discover and interact with. Choose and area that takes your fancy from a variety of themes including urban living, the body, food and future work.
Future food zone
Interest in what the future of food will be in Melbourne? Chef, environmentalist and social entrepreneur Ben McMenamin from The Social Food Project will be hosting a future food stall that will positively challenge your understanding of food.

The Future Foods stall will take you to a utopian world where food is diverse, resilient and sustainable. Taste food samples that represent thriving local food communities and alternative protein sources, all while learning how we can bring this positive future into reality from our sustainable chefs.

Bug dukkah cooking workshop
Come along to this unique cooking class to learn about alternative protein sources and prepare your very own bug dukkah! You will be given a range of edible insects including ants, crickets and mealworms to mix with more traditional ingredients such as nuts, seeds and spices. Get hands-on for this unusually delicious workshop!
Workshop 1 – 12.30pm
Workshop 2  – 2.30pm
There are 30 spaces available at each – No bookings required. First in first served basis, so arrive early.

Curious to see what transport you’ll be riding in the future? The team behind Hyperloop will have the futuristic travelling pod on display and also be on hand to answer any questions you might have. Elon Musk, who first put forward the Hyperloop concept in 2013, described the revolutionary transport as “a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table”.

Family craft zone
This area will be a creative visioning activity for kids and families to conceptualise and imagine a new play space in Lincoln Square using drawing and craft materials.
Project staff will be on hand to answer questions about the project and assist kids with the activity. The activity will involve kids building and/or drawing their dream play space for Lincoln Square.


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