In settler-colonial territories, such as Australia, climate change mitigation and adaptation infrastructures are built on stolen land. Contextualising these architectures within the coloniser myths and temporalities that precede them is thus critical work - whether for the spatial practitioners involved in their design or those agitating against their construction in the first place. This webinar is organised by the IABR in collaboration with Oskar Johanson (IABR Agent of Change, architectural designer, educator and writer). The event brings together spatial practitioners and researchers from Australia and presents a number of positions on land, being, occupation, time, the visual culture of catastrophe, and nationalist myth to better reveal the work that has already been done - and that which is yet to be.
We will open the online symposium at 11.00, you can join via this link.
Saskia van Stein (artistic and managing director of the IABR)
Topic 1: ngiyanhi-gu ngidyi-galia: Architecture and the (more-than-human) self.
Rhiannon Brownbill is a non-Indigenous recent graduate of architecture and a Connecting with Country Spatial Design Consultant at Bangawarra.
Matte Ager-McConnell is a Wiradjuri man and recent graduate of architecture. He has worked in architectural practice on both small and large projects but now works at Banagwarra leading Connecting with Country design processes, culturally mentored by Sydney Traditional Owner and D’harawal eora Knowledge Keeper Shannon Foster.
Roger Miranda Navarro is a graduate of architecture, currently working at Crone Architects, who has Peruvian Indigenous Ancestry. Roger recently worked with Bangawarra and has continued advocating for Designing with Country practices in architecture.
Topic 2: Revealing fire
Dr. Daniel Ryan is an architectural historian, environmental designer and scholar whose research and teaching looks at the changing meaning of climate for architecture. He is program director of the Master of Architectural Science at the University of Sydney. His recent work explores the history of architectural science, architecture and its media, with a focus on Australasia and the Pacific. With Jennifer Ferng and Erik L’Heureux he co-edited the book Drawing Climate: Visualizing Invisible Elements of Architecture, published by Birkhäuser Verlag in 2021.
Topic 3: Echo works: the manufacture of the Australian coast
Oskar Johanson (AA Dipl’19) is an IABR Agent of Change, architectural designer, educator and writer. He is a Designer for ASPECT Studios, co-programme head of the AA Visiting School Sydney, taught in partnership with the University of Sydney’s SSADP, and co-edits the upcoming research capsule for Neo-Metabolism.