Wangun Amphitheatre Co-Creation Workshop

Nikhila Madabhushi (Director), David Romero (Contributor), Rachel De Iongh (Contributor), Mohamed Camal (Contributor), Lucy Li (Contributor), Jingyu Hou (Contributor), Asher Brand (Contributor), Georgia Nowak (Contributor)

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsCollaboration on community projects

Description

This research involves a series of “co-creation” workshops with stakeholders from
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), who have been directly or indirectly affected by the
bushfires that occurred over the summer of 2019-20. The purpose of these workshops are geared at assisting
stakeholders along with local organisations, to communicate, correlate, organise and document their
aspirations towards the long term recovery of their local built environment; namely the new outdoor cultural
performance space earmarked to be built on the existing Forestec site in the near future. The need to conduct these
workshops with a range of participants, is based on the assumption that if left too late, government-led (as opposed to
government-assisted) approaches towards development in their area may dominate decision making processes. If this
occurs, opportunities for architects and built environment professionals to partner directly in locally-led initiatives may
be lost. Traditional “government-led” processes, have not necessarily or thoroughly proven to be successful to date,
hence why this research aims to understand how design and built environment industries might find better ways to
engage with and assist bushfire affected people, and more specifically aboriginal corporations taking the lead in caring
for Country, more directly. The rationale for this research arises from various lessons learnt from reconstruction and
recovery projects after the 2009 bushfires in Victoria. This research is ongoing and is conducted under an approved Monash Human Ethics application. These workshops were co-facilitated with Master of Architecture students participating in the Slow Recovery and Co(realise) paired studio/studies units during 2021.
Period1 Apr 2021
Event titleGLaWAC Co-Creation Workshops
Event typeWorkshop
LocationAustralia, Victoria
Degree of RecognitionLocal