Aboriginal Issues

Architect’s indulgence

Architect’s indulgence or a meaningful political statement? The external appearance of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) building, completed around 2001, designed by ARM, is a black finished facsimile of the white finished Villa Savoye designed by Le Corbusier. Apparently some critics dubbed this… Read More

December 14, 2016

Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986

Started sorting the archive boxes. A task avoided for over 40 years. This drawing is part of the documents prepared for Julalikari Council when John Havnen was the manager. The Council was very active in establishing formal tenure over land in the town. Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986… Read More

November 12, 2016

Talk on “silver bullets” and other important matters.

Enjoyed giving a talk on “Why Aboriginal Housing ?”  at the State Library to the Architects Co operative-Melbourne. A journey of 40 years. Forgot to get pics but happy to survive the session, and sensible questions followed. And a hello to some faces from the past. Excerpt… Read More

September 2, 2013

Community Housing Design Tool.

A consultation tool used for community housing projects-1980-1990’s. Community housing projects. The family arranged the preferred house layout to suit their needs. This was then recorded for future reference. This consultation process assisted the team to elicit information, identify a range of accommodation and amenity requirements, and sometimes specific community… Read More

June 19, 2013

Remote area housing

Washing on clothesline, paths surrounded by bare ground, and verandahs with  kitchen sinks. Remote Northern Australia. NAHS projects from a decade or so ago. Lightweight construction to sleeping areas and mass construction to living areas. The floor plan is of a house located a long way from… Read More

June 18, 2013