The city is a palimpsest; it moves within time and as a collection of layers of textured landscape created by past historical event and present recall. Culturally charged brownfield sites can be the setting to narrate the urban history, and illuminate the social and physical processes behind the production of city palimpsest, thus enabling the formation of collective memory.The power generation of White Bay Power Station contributed to the expansion of the economy of Sydney and New South Wales, and provided stable employment to generations of residents living in the Inner west area. Its contribution to the city economy and its emotional link with the local old residents should not be forgotten. AWAKE aims to express and memorize the rich industrial history of the White Bay Power Station to the future generation. It also introduces plant - based solutions to heal the polluted ‘landscape scar’, create contemporary programs, and engage people with the ongoing ecological restoration process to create new collective memory. Further, as consumers of the industrial products, we are responsible for industrial pollution and its impact on habitat. This project also wants to raise people’s environmental awareness and responsibility.
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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.