Melbourne Design Week celebrates Birrarung (Yarra River) in 2019 and asks Melburnians to reconsider and reconnect with the river that runs through their city. Urban rivers are under pressure across the world, despite the vital ecological, cultural and recreational value they offer. Through this program you will discover that Birrarung is very much alive and has many tales to tell. Offering unique experiences and insights into this winding watercourse, Open House Melbourne presents Waterfront, a program of conversations, boat tours and special events that deep dive into the role design plays in reframing Melbourne’s relationship with water. Waterfront explores the flow-on effects of water-based urban design decisions and offers a reservoir of ideas for reimagining the river and our relationship to this urban waterway.