Barooga Karrai
86530 SPR 2017 Spatial Agency

This studio investigates how design can support a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) to envision and plan futures for their land, while being sensitive to present and past meanings of place.

Barooga Karrai is a 10,500 hectare property owned by the Murrin Bridge LALC. It is located in Wiradjuri country, but the Murrin Bridge community is a Koori place, with many families having Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa, and Paakantyi heritage, due to it’s history as a mission. Barooga Karrai is home to Aboriginal cultural sites, and currently operates as a sheep and cattle farm. On the property there are a homestead, accommodation quarters which have become dilapidated, and various sheds.

Advocating a participatory mindset and collaborative design methods, the proposed design studio investigates a range of design processes and techniques in combination with theoretical explorations about place, culture and the environment. Travelling to Barooga Karrai, Murrin Bridge and Lake Cargelligo from 3-9 September 2017, students will undertake participatory fieldwork focused on the design and planning of infrastructure which supports a range of income-earning and community enterprises that promote capacity building across generations.

The studio is both speculative and pragmatic with a preliminary brief that asked students to consider proposals from eco-tourism social programs and agriculture-based enterprises.

This design studio will travel to Barooga Karrai, Murrin Bridge and Lake Cargelligo in Semester 2, from the 3rd-9th of September 2017.


Barooga Karrai