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Date posted: 13 May 2014
Architecture students from University of Melbourne recently worked with a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory (NT) township of Titjikala to design and build innovative outdoor living spaces.
Project Lead Dr David O’Brien said it was a unique opportunity for the students to further their design and community consultation skills while making a contribution towards much needed infrastructure in remote areas.
Dr O’Brien explained that designing culturally and environmentally appropriate housing for Indigenous communities remained a challenge in Australia. This particular housing project for instance, took into account the community’s desire for outdoor living spaces due to extreme heat and the cultural preference to conduct various daily activities such as cooking outdoors. Since overcrowding can also be a big challenge, these outdoor living areas also provide additional living and sleeping space.
The structures were officially opened on the 7 May.
Source: Architecture & Design