The Living Pavilion

The Living Pavilion was a transdisciplinary project that brought together Indigenous knowledge, ecological science, sustainable design and participatory arts on a temporary ecological site at the University of Melbourne. Over 2,000 people visited the site, where they were encouraged to connect with the Wurundjeri place and 40,000 Kulin Nation plants through hands-on workshops, talks, musical and poetic performances, self-guided and guided tours, and soundscapes that were created as a response to the site.

The Living Pavilion was a co-production and collaboration with CAUL Hub, THRIVE Hub (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning) the New Student Precinct of the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, and CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival.

For more information, visit the official Living Pavilion webpage here.

CAUL Hub Events and Research

CAUL Hub Talk Series: a series of three panel discussions, bringing together diverse experts from the CAUL Hub and wider stakeholders. All talks were live-streamed on CAUL Hub's Facebook page.

#1 Indigenous City (part 1 and part 2)

#2 Nature in the City

#3 Liveable Cities

Frog Fest: three days of all things frogs, produced by CAUL Hub Leader Kirsten Parris. Frog Fest was an all-ages event, including dress-ups, face painting, craft, choir and a soundscape (also produced by Kirsten Parris).

Research: full details on all the research conducted through The Living Pavilion can be found over on the Place Agency website. CAUL Hub research includes:


Indigenous plant use: A booklet on the medicinal, nutritional and
technological use of indigenous plants

The Living Pavilion Research Report









The Living Pavilion signage - words by Zena Cumpston and Illustrations by Dixon Patten of Bayila Creative.

CAUL Hub Talk 2: Nature in the City. Sitting beneath the Gathering Tree.
Luis Mata conducting an insect survey at The Living Pavilion site.

Story of Place / Plant Story

Eel story / Bouverie Creek