A walk through history : connecting values of the past through cultural landscapes

Project location : North of Turella reserve and Coolibah reserve, Earlwood NSW 2206, Australia. Site area : 18.9 Ha. Client : Bayside Council. Rejuvenating the ‘cultures of the past’ helps connect people with the sacred synergies still existing today, it helps reform the blemish environment and attain a sustainable future. The design topic focuses on the abundance traces of history that is seen throughout the Bardwell and Wolli creek green grid corridor. The landforms, vegetation, the water bodies and the spirit of the place tells the stories the Bidjigal people (River Flat Clan) of the Eora Nation had with the green corridor. The factors influencing on the site selection is the Nannygoat hill, a steep sandstone outcrop covered with open heathland that has a history with the Bidjigal people and the European settlers and traces of a wildlife habitat making it the potential site for connecting past to the present. The area is adjacent to it is the Coolibah reserve which is currently considered as a wetland and provides opportunities to collaborate with the Turella reserve. The in-depth study in the evolution of the site and the present scenario helps in formulating the design solution. In the evolution process, there are different layers of site formation which unlocks the concept of palimpsest, which tells about the rewritten multi-layers of history. Further, the exploration of the definition of palimpsest and its elements. All these elements are interconnected and cannot exist individually as each element has a trail of each other in their definition.

Rhuthumangala (Rhu) Janakiram

Masters of Landscape Architecture
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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.