MIDF is fast approaching and there are some great events and initiatives happening at Fed Square and surrounds during the festival.
My picks would be:
1) Checking out some of the best of Melbourne's architecture under the open house scheme such as the Manchester Unity Building: http://www.melbourneopenhouse.org
2) Seeing an installation of a vertical wall garden by French artist and scientist Patrick Blanc in Melbourne Central: http://www.nationaldesigncentre.com/Default.aspx?MenuCode=ME0226&ValuePath=ME0182/ME0226.
3) Checking out some of the Design on Toast Breakfast Series speeches such as the 'Branding: What's in a name?' one, not to mention they're FREE: http://www.nationaldesigncentre.com/Default.aspx?MenuCode=ME0261&ValuePath=ME0182/ME0254/ME0261
(Thanks to Apartment Therapy for the second image).