Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Nonie Hodgson

Nonie Hodgson

Recalibration

The Indigenous peoples of Australia have experienced injustice since white man colonized their country. Unjust power of one person over another is a situation that every person on the receiving end, at some level, finds unacceptable. How can Architectural design assist in the reinstatement of the First Nations people to their rightful place?

The presentation argues that physical form, height and size do have influence between and within cultures, and that an iconic structure may provide First Nations people in Australia with a powerful physical presence. From three sites and three Indigenous issues, this presentation has chosen a site within the Federal Parliamentary Row overlooking Lake Burley-Griffin, in Canberra. With this site the issue chosen is the outworking of their call, in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, for an Indigenous voice to Parliament. It is argued that an appropriate physical site for Indigenous people may well be necessary as the process of change takes place. Initiating dialogue with Indigenous people as to what they want in terms of physical site and structure would be the place to start. Seeking Indigenous input as to the very idea of a physical site in Canberra, as well as size, shape, layout, their needs and vision for such a building would be paramount.