The Excellent City Series: Design Yarning


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How do we see Melbourne as an Aboriginal place?

City Design and Aboriginal Melbourne invite you to join the conversation to discuss how we recognise Melbourne as an Aboriginal place. Building on internal City of Melbourne Design Yarn sessions we will be asking:

How do we see and understand our city as an Aboriginal place? In what ways do/can we build that understanding? If you were a visitor to Melbourne, how would you see the city as an Aboriginal place? What is the role of design in strengthening and enabling a stronger presence and connection to Country in urban places?

This informal, open conversation will support individual and collective learning, and knowledge sharing to progress awareness and capacity to support Reconciliation. Panel and audience members will be invited to share perspectives of what contributes to the tangible and intangible recognition of Melbourne as an Aboriginal place. Responses from this discussion will be collated and used to inform the council’s ongoing work in acknowledging and celebrating Aboriginal culture in the city.

The City of Melbourne’s Design Excellence Program reinforces the city’s commitment to enhance the function, liveability, sustainability and public contribution of our buildings and urban spaces.

The Excellent City Series explores several key themes that shape Design Excellence in Melbourne.

Speakers will include:

  • Aunty Joy Murphy-Wandin – Wurundjeri Elder
  • Jason Eades – Director Aboriginal Melbourne, City of Melbourne
  • Sarah Lyn Rees – Indigenous Advisory lead, JCB Architects
  • Anne-Marie Pisani – Senior Associate, ASPECT Studios

Introduction:    Jocelyn Chiew – Director City Design, City of Melbourne

Welcome:        Aunty Joy Murphy-Wandin – Wurundjeri Elder

Moderator:      Skye Haldane – Principal Strategic Design, City of Melbourne

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.