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Designing the Olkola Cultural Knowledge Centre: A Traditional Owner-Led Interdisciplinary Research and Education Process

Hannah Robertson, Pippa Connolly, Debbie Symonds

Proceedings of the 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) 2020 | The Architectural Science Association | Published : 2020


The purpose of this paper is to identify, track and discuss the pedagogical processes involved in an integrated teaching and research project to design and build a Cultural Knowledge Centre on Olkola Country in remote Cape York, Australia. The paper provides an empirical enquiry into the foundational principles and key design, theoretical and practical processes of the collaborative partnership between the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation (OAC), Monash University (and now The University of Melbourne) that has been operating since 2018. This paper focuses on a pedagogical stage in 2019 that saw 320 final year structural, mechanical, transport, environmental and water engineering students team up..

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