Maningrida – The place where the dreaming changed shape. Architects Without Frontiers Site Visit.
Esther Charlesworth, MoDDD Academic Director
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.
In late August we made a further visit to develop a larger concept plan for a new indigenous artefacts museum and women’s textile centre. I was very glad to make this field trip was with MoDDD colleague and architect, Rob Stent and Hassell architects Mark Loughnan and Madeleine Joyce and organised by AWF architect, Ryan Moroney. Working with the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) we will develop a scoping document with schematic designs for each centre that can be used to gain funding for implementation.