“Never delegate understanding”, believed Charles Eames, and yet as the nature of our lives becomes increasingly abstract, we have little choice but to delegate a great number of things. Among them is our duty to act. While action without understanding may be foolish, understanding without action is irresponsible. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Björn Rust”
MoDDD student and soon to be graduate David Anderson recently returned from a trip to Nepal where he worked on two projects with Aussie Action Abroad. The first was a medical post for the remote village of Siurung and a mothers group hall for the village of Amar Jotty – both in Lamjung.
Architects without Frontiers (AWF) have been working with the remote Indigenous settlement of Maningrida in Arnhem Land for the last 10 years. Maningrida means “The Place where the dreaming changed shape”.As well as working on design projects for the small township I have also worked with Profs Ralph Horne, Ron Wakefield and John Fien on an ARC Linkage project to improve remote Indigenous housing in Maningrida and other towns in NT and WA.
The Sydney suburb of Auburn, 19 kilometres west of the CBD, is one of Australia’s most diverse neighbourhoods. It also has a very interesting demographic record. First, it has Sydney’s highest rate of natural population increase – when births outnumber deaths. Second, It is one of the most popular destinations in the city for overseas migrants; and third, within a few years, more people move on from Auburn than just about anywhere else in Sydney.
I spent most of my time in Chamanga trekking up and down what is now the Camino Principal of Nuevo Chamanga (the main road of New Chamanga). Positioned at the top end of the town I was given a small but fascinating insight into the various ways the community have responded and are still adapting to the situation they now finds themselves in.