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A black and white image shows an excerpt of a book with some poetry and photos of Brutalist architecture.
A book cover lies next to a poster foldout featuring photographs of streetscapes and buildings.
A book cover lies next to a poster foldout featuring photographs of geometric architectural details.
A book cover lies next to a poster foldout featuring photographs of building details.
Editions of the Among Buildings publication spill from a book cover.

Among Buildings: Melbourne Architecture Through Poetry & Photography – Manchester Unity Building

Marcus Barlow 1932


Tom Ross (photographer), Michael Roper (poet and architect) and Stuart Geddes (graphic designer) explore significant Naarm/Melbourne landmarks through photography and poetry.

To mark the publication of the second edition of their book, Among Buildings, the authors will discuss the threads of collective narrative and subjective experience woven through the day-to-day of city life, through four separate events focusing on four architectural landmarks: Queen Victoria Market, Manchester Unity Building, Plumbers & Gasfitters Employees' Union Building, and Storey Hall.

Each of these buildings represent a cultural inflection point in the life of the city, touching on issues of genocide, capitalism, unionism, feminism and their symbolic representations in the built environment.

What's On

There will be a separate event for each of the four buildings throughout the weekend. We will meet outside the buildings, where the authors will give a talk about the role of narrative in our collective understanding of the city, and the particular symbolic significance of each of the four buildings. There will be readings from the book and an opportunity to purchase a copy. Each event will last for approximately 30 minutes.

Images: (1-5) A preview of Among Buildings. Photo: Tom Ross.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 30 July
Tour runs 3.30pm
Running for 30 minutes in a group of 50
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at the Manchester Unity Building.


Fully wheelchair accessible


220 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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