26 November, 2018
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Sponsored by RMIT Architecture, this event is part of MPavilion’s second annual BLAKitecture syposium, a series that focuses on the work and structural environments designed and created by Indigenous architects, planners and urban designers. Throughout this event attention will be paid to the Yaluk-ut Weelam, land of the Boon Wurrung people.
By listening to and understanding the work of Indigenous architects, the event will touch on the extensive history of Ingidenous Australian’s and how their denial was isolated in our construction and perspective of today’s structural landscape. Designed by Sarah Lynn Rees, MPavillion’s program consultant, this event will illustrate critical insight into what is needed for the future of urban design and city landscape in order to accurately reflect the reality of Australia’s history.
Progressing Australia’s built environment means paying full and accurate attention to Australia’s rejection of Indigenous culture and history. This means understanding and articulating why memorials of racial tension haven’t been reflected to the best they can in the built environment to date. Furthermore, it means bringing this issue to light and challenging how the future built environment can incorporate respect to the history and lived experiences of Indigenous people in a way that pays respect to Indigenous Australians as well as serves as a reminder to all of society.
Date and time: Monday 26 November, 2018, 6.15pm–8.15pm
Location: MPavilion, located in Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
MPavilion acknowledges the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. MPavilion pays their respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.