IntArch Senior Lecturer Campbell Drake, was one of the collaborators on the Interpretive Wonderings project, which was awarded in the 2018 AILA National Award for Research, Policy, and Communication.
AILA National Jury comments
Interpretive wonderings is an important and beautiful body of design research, a collation of interrelated events that originated from an invitation to map the landscape of an aboriginal community owned station property in southern NSW. The research, the product of a collaboration between cultures, through art and design, on Country, challenges the conventions of ‘mapping’ and cartography, while also illustrating a rich visual interpretation of Culpra Station.
The work offers a critical approach to the environmental challenges we now face, illustrating how the sharing of knowledge systems might broaden and deepen our understanding, and thereby shed new light on how we might sustain Australia’s fragile landscape for future generations. It shows the diversity of our industry and the power of the landscape in its collective understanding of place. At the same time, it establishes a valuable framework for collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the future, and as such, is an important step on the path to Reconciliation.