Indigenous academic, Professor Kerry Arabena advocates the move from ‘problem-solving to hope-building infrastructure’¹, as a way of us all caring for Country. With this in mind, could Caring for Country principles be applied to Melbourne to recognise, celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal cultures, and also contribute to a more sustainable city?
What role or responsibility do built environment practitioners have in contributing to the conversation and implementation of concepts of Caring for Country and how does one facilitate consideration of sustainable practices within the contested place like a major metropolis like Melbourne?
Are initiatives like the City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest project, the type of innovative responses that can be further expanded to re-energise the notion of sustainability coupled with an Indigenous sensibility that acknowledges other knowledge systems?
¹“Why aren’t you all caring for country?” Professor Kerry Arabena by Melissa Sweet, Crikey Sept 18, 2013
Jon Shinkfield – Realm Studios, Senior Research Fellow (Monash University) & Immediate Past President – AILA Vic. Chapter
Charles Solomon (Gubbi Gubbi, QLD) – Garawana Creative (Indigenous landscape designer)
Yvonne Lynch – Team Leader Future Melbourne, City Strategy & Place (City of Melbourne)