Hidden, underground stories of a watery city

  • Harper, L. (Contributor)
  • Murphy, C. (Contributor)
  • Lara Heyns, A. (Contributor)
  • Oscar Andres Raby Piccardo (Contributor)
  • Ho, X. (Contributor)
  • Sonia Leber (Contributor)
  • David Chesworth (Contributor)
  • Justin Buckley (Contributor)
  • Marilu Melo-Zurita (Contributor)
  • Taylor Coyne (Contributor)

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar


The watery landscapes that once characterised the south-eastern shore of Port Phillip Bay, Boon Wurrung Country, were gradually filled, piped underground, drained or built over through a process of colonial urbanisation. But water must always flow and ecologies find remarkable ways to survive, even underground.

Join Monash's Laura Harper and Catherine Murphy for a discussion panel, followed by an interactive sound and AR experience of Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick to explore the hidden and underground water narratives which underpin this well-known colonial site. Hear from geographers, anthropologists and planners to discuss how we can learn from Country, the importance of hearing these stories to protect the vulnerable hybrid natural/artificial/cultural water ecologies under our cities, and how we can leverage creative practice and innovations in AR technology to help us do this.
Period13 Sept 2021
Event titleThe Festival of 'endangered' Urbanism 2021
Event typeConference
LocationMelbourne and Sydney, AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational