Mind the Gap is a design studio focused on the rural town of Walgett in northern New South Wales. Located near the intersection of the Barwon and Namoi rivers in the Nation of the Gamilaroi people, Walgett takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘the meeting place of two rivers’. Historically a regional hub for wool, wheat and cotton, Walgett is the gateway to the opal fields of Lightning Ridge to the north and The Grawin to the west. According to the 2015 Dropping Off The Edge report, Walgett is one of the most socially disadvantaged areas in the state of New South Wales .
Focusing on participatory design strategies for urban regeneration and community revitalisation, this studio explores how architecture and spatial design can make positive contributions to the conditions and wellbeing of people, cultural practices and environments. Advocating participatory design methods and cross cultural exchange, participants will travel to Walgett to undertake field work in partnership with a variety of communities and stakeholders in the Walgett Shire.
To ballot for this studio you must be willing to travel Walgett from the 3rd-9th of September 2017.