Photograph: Donna Squire
Dr Cristina Garduño Freeman is an academic in the fields of heritage , architecture and digital media. She has a forthcoming book titled Participatory Culture and the Social Value of an Architectural Icon: Sydney Opera House with Routledge, UK and in 2014 received the International Visual Sociology Association Rieger Award for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis. Her research work has been published in some of the world’s leading international journals including: Historic Environment (2016), International Journal of Heritage Studies (2010) and Architectural Theory Review (2013). In 2016 she was a visiting scholar at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico where she is developing collaborative research in the hispanophone discourse of heritage. She is a graduate of the prestigious ‘Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Program’, which led to a collaborative publication in Nexus: New Intersections in Internet Research. Recent innovative work in collaboration with Dr Fiona Gray includes the Lovability Index and Hubcaps to Creative Hubs. Dr Garduño Freeman is also a multidisciplinary designer and has practiced professionally in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, and in visual communication design.
Current research grants:
‘Hubcaps to Creative Hubs’ Deakin Research my World Crowdfunding with Pozible
Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (Hc2CH) is a research project investigating the role of maker culture, communities and heritage in the process of forging a new identity for the Geelong. Using video interviews, archival sources and creative research methods to produce three short-form video documentaries it will map the stories and relationships of the people reinterpreting three defunct industrial places in the region.