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NSW Designing with Country Ochre Grid Forum & RAP Launch

NSW Designing with Country Ochre Grid Forum & RAP Launch
Presented by GANSW in partnership with design industry peak bodies – AILA, AIA, PIA.

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We’re delighted to welcome nationally and internationally renowned speakers with diverse experience in designing with, for and as members of, First Peoples communities to help us navigate the challenges and opportunities of designing with Country.

To date, Aboriginal culture and heritage is currently often missing from both the planning and design context in NSW. However, recent changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act now require that Aboriginal culture and heritage are sustainably managed in the built environment. How can we, as a design community, respond to this – responsibly, appropriately and respectfully?
We are in the early stages of defining the project. As such the focus of the forum is information sharing and the exchange of best practice. This forum will help to inform the development of the Ochre Grid project, and to gather your feedback, as members of the design industry, about the current challenges faced in practice when engaging with Aboriginal culture and heritage in the design of projects and places.
Join us for either or both sessions throughout the day and be part of the discussion that will inform the development of the Ochre Grid and Reconciliation Action Plans.


While there’s an increasing awareness of the importance of Aboriginal culture in relation to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, and to the truth of our national identity, it is rarely considered in the design of our places and buildings. This session will explore recent experiences and findings of practitioners working on projects and policies that we think demonstrate the current urgency for a cultural mapping tool such as the Ochre Grid.

(morning tea and lunch will be provided)



Acknowledging our shared responsibility for supporting and celebrating a strong and healthy Aboriginal culture is a good start – how we act on that responsibility is more complicated. While there is no neutral position, there are many points of view and many possible approaches. As designers, the first task of a new project is to understand the context and community that we’re designing for – but what are our responsibilities when it comes to interpreting Aboriginal cultural context and the values of Aboriginal communities?

(afternoon tea will be provided)

AILA NSW RAP Launch to follow

11/29/2018 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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