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This aboriginal heritage design and planning studio will focus on the large urbanized riverine system running through the heart of Melbourne, Australia, known as the Birrarung (Yarra River). Students will work with traditional owners, city managers and professionals through the Birrarung Council. The multidisciplinary studio will develop landscape architecture, infrastructure. planning and urban design strategies building on indigenous knowledge and heritage to address resiliency and adaptation along the living riverine corridor. The studio will start with an educational immersion to build cultural intelligence including a parallel seminar series of indigenous voices. This period of outreach, learning and communication and exchange with traditional owners builds on the Wilip-gin Birrarung murron (Yarra River Protection Act of 2017) Legislation and the Birrarung bi-cultural Council. The Act builds on the Wirrundjeri peoples’ recognition of the Birrarung as a single living entity. Background context and readings will allow students to expand their awareness of the history, context and perspectives of Country. Students will also engage with city managers and design professionals to understand the challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives. Based on guidance and the process of immersion with traditional owners, students will generate a series of design and strategic planning proposals establishing a shared vision for the North bank of the Birrarung in Richmond including the Burnley campus. Designing and planning for Country will be brought together with the expanding field of climate adaptation and designing for resilience focusing on ecological, cultural, infrastructural and recreational opportunities for the area. The outcomes of the course are intended to contribute to the Yarra Development strategy plan and the Melbourne Design Week.
Note: Students may seek approval to replace ABPL90072 Landscape Studio 5: Sustainable Urbanism with ABPL90430 Design with Country: Resilience Studio
Intended learning outcomes
- Develop an understanding of aboriginal heritage and history of Country and the application of indigenous knowledge with contemporary perspectives through a design with country approach including the ability to engage multiple perspectives through a transparent engagement process and dialogue.
- Demonstrate a depth of knowledge and ability to evaluate urban waterways and uplands from a climate change, resiliency and adaptation perspective.
- Ability to generate urban waterway adaptation solutions that are grounded in an urban design, urban planning, and landscape architecture perspectives with a strategic near- mid- and long-term planning practices and an depth ecological understanding and social awareness.
- Understand the compromises and trade off associated with large scale urbanization patterns and adaptation solutions for cities.
- Written, verbal and graphic presentation of ideas;
- Critical thinking and analysis and a capacity for independent thought;
- Empathy and appreciation for Country and traditional owner perspectives;
- Application of theories to specific examples;
- Ability to listen and co-generate outcomes;
- Ability to learn and apply knowledge of basic environmental and sustainable fundamentals through reflection and analysis;
- Effective listening and communication with traditional owners, and other stakeholders;
- Ability to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources
Last updated: 11 February 2021