Indigenous Design – Past | Present | Future

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Melbourne School of Design

  • Symposium


Indigenous design perspectives are gaining great currency recently in Australia and in Melbourne in particularly. However, the contribution, methodology and inspirations of Indigenous design professionals and thinkers is largely concealed from view.

Titled ‘Go Back to Where You Came From: Indigenous Design – Past | Present | Future’, the inaugural Symposium of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) is a provocation to explore the role of Indigenous design, to showcase a range of established local and international First Nations design practitioners across a diversity of disciplines and an opportunity to reveal design approaches, which straddle interconnected themes of culture, Country and identity.

This gathering will reveal a range of distinct insights drawn from many experiences, people and forms of cultural expression, including but not limited to architecture, landscape architecture, communication design, planning, interior design, spatial design along with community perspectives

An Indigenous led approach to knowledge exchange seeks to embrace complexity, demystify and challenge stereotypes, while celebrating history, memory and place.

We invite you to listen, learn, participate and engage in what will be a culturally immersive experience of presentations and conversations, enriched by speakers from Canada to El Salvador, New Zealand to South Africa, as well as the diverse mosaic that is Indigenous Australia."

Jefa Greenaway (Wailwan | Kamilaroi)
Conference Convenor
Lecturer - Indigenous Curriculum Development
Melbourne School of Design

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This event is endorsed by the International Council of Design