Duwee of the Bays

Duwee is a D'harawal word meaning 'Spirit'. My design strategy aims to shift the focus of The Bays Precinct from an ego-centric industrial space toward a more eco-centric design strategy, by placing the living, breathing entity of Country as my client. The development of my topic has been informed by First Nations culture and knowledge, which has sustainably managed the land, sea, and sky Country for tens of thousands of years. I ask, how can environmental, social and economic regeneration of the Bays Precinct encourage the healing and reanimation of Country? Using the process of time as a design tool, my project heals and reanimates Gadigal/Wangal Country through thoughtful design interventions, prioritising the non-human systems, resources, flora, and fauna on site. The keys processes of phytoremediation, adaptive reuse, user wellbeing/interaction, reintroduction of locally native ecologies, embracing cultural education and expression, and elevating First Nations led sustainable industries have been explored and tested within my focus site. This results in a multi-functional scheme which provides a plethora of ecosystem services and is resilient to the potential climatic stressors of coastal sites. My design exploration opens opportunities to act as a precedent for other industrial waterfront sites in reconnecting visitors to Country and creating opportunities for First Nations led industries, cultural expression, and education in the built environment.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.