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The practice is committed to developing experimental ideas in the fields of art, architecture and education through the design, programming and ongoing operation of Testing Grounds, Siteworks and The Quarry.
The team, lead by Millie Cattlin and Joseph Norster, has a hands-on approach with an attitude defined by generosity and caretaking towards community, physical infrastructure, local context and the public more broadly.
This website provides information on major ongoing projects. For reference to a range of previous projects, writing and ideas in development, please refer to The Projects Archive.
We are architects, designers and makers; we are caretakers and maintenance workers; we are curators, programmers and educators. We believe in the importance of public space, freely and equally available to all. Our projects are experiments, driven by these ideas.
Testing Grounds is an open space within Melbourne’s Arts Precinct for creative practices of all kinds to test, develop and share their work. Designed as a simple piece of creative infrastructure, its functional grid acts as an enabler for use.
Since 2013 Testing Grounds has accommodated hundreds of projects, residencies, exhibitions and education-based workshops. The project has also offered an alternative model for occupying vacant land, in a phased and iterative way.
Testing Grounds is an infrastructure project, supported by Creative Victoria.
Siteworks provides the community with a range of facilities within a former college and heritage-listed house, for skills sharing, ideas generation, workshops, project development, experimental teaching and technology-related development.
Siteworks is operated by The Projects for Moreland City Council and the short term occupation of the site and buildings is understood as ‘occupation-led research’. Quantitative and qualitative data is collected, close observations are recored and this, in-turn, is offered to Council in order to enrich decisions that need to be made about the long-term future of the site.
The heritage-listed house on site is home to Moreland Civics Lab – a group of 20 people working collectively, and committed to progressive and experimental social projects which provide provocations and considerations for public benefit. The Moreland Civics Lab works on a reciprocal exchange model, where members contribute to the Lab, and in return, are provided with free office space.
The Quarry is a long-term project being developed as a site for experiments in building and architecture, creative practices, education and technology.
The 86,000 square metre site, due to its history as a quarry, is undergoing an active rehabilitation phase for the next 10 years. This requirement for rehabilitation of the land is guiding the development of live-build and workshop-based group activities.
Facilities are in planning and by 2019 the site will be able to accommodate 24 people undertaking projects.
Bringing projection and AV gear to people in a range of portable and temporary ways, including Projector Bike, Backstory and content curation.
Since its inception in 2010 Little Projector Company has initiated and lead hundreds of rides with thousands of people, for free in all major cities and many regional centres around Australia.
This project was self initiated by The Projects, and has become a significant precursor to how the practice thinks about public space and a citizen’s occupation of public space, and aims to provide alternatives to a consumer-based approach to city life.