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  • This is not directly related to the Land issue, but it is another way to attempt against the sovereignty of indigenous people—once again: NZ MP attacks Govt over 'racist military invasion' ABC A New Zealand Maori Party MP who has called Austra…
  • I have been thinking about the concept of "the right to the city" by Lefebvre. I wonder whether we have not yet understood the real meaning of this. How can we exercise our right if we don't have the vehicles (literally and figuratively) to do this?…
  • I agree with you Julian, a definition of architecture as an object defined by its footprint is, to say the least, limited and limiting. Architecture viewed this way, as sculpture, as an object and a commodity, may serve the interests of architect…
  • This is a very important issue Sarah. We would like to discuss it in transported under 'social exclusion'. At present large sectors of Melbourne's periphery are disconnected by the lack of services, distance and underdeveloped transport options. Th…
  • This is such an important topic and it is hard to understand those who feel insulted by the evidence. A while ago, June 2005 (to be exact), I posed a similar question in arch-peace news, I called "Obecity". I found then some insightful and well inf…
  • This is also interesting in relation to Costello's Fed. budget. this is what Northern Territory Treasurer Syd Stirling has to say, "It looks like money in and around Indigenous housing but it will have ties to leasing purchase, those sorts of thin…
  • Hi N, There is also this important article by Richard Sennett, "New Capitalism, New Isolation: A flexible city of strangers". Sennett claims that changes to the work environment and conditions are reflected in the way we perceive and use the city…
  • Sad to hear that Ozge, not much better here either. Whitehorse Road is one of the widest ugliness in town, magastores with surface parking. In Melbourne and Australia in general, the idea of underground parking has not yet been adopted. The market r…
  • I saw Laurie Baker around 14 years ago (?) when he delivered a talk in Melbourne. I will never forget his words and the photographs of his/community projects. They were subtly in their style, affordable and exquisite (in a non pompous way). The pic…
    in Laurie Baker Comment by beatriz May 2007
  • Comuhouse, after hearing comments stating that, with more guns around this tragedy would not have happened, I think something essential is missing. If those people (politicians) really believe that everyone should have a gun to defend himself or he…
  • I am not aware of an entire course as such. However, the University of Melbourne has a master of urban design course (1.5 years full-time) and this has an important theoretical component - plus great electives from the planning area. See: http://ww…
  • N, good point, it makes me think of cities where people have ownership of their public space - I think it works in a similar fashion as to your comment about taking ownership of the natural environment. In cities with good public spaces, cities t…
  • I found this article in OpenDemocracy very relevant to this topic. The suggestion is that, the problem will no be solved by finding the right technology, but that we must challenge the way we think. One important aspect is to find the right balance…
  • Su, that would be great. I believe that there would be interest among our membership.
  • Very important discussion Peter, thanks. I couldn't resist adding my bit to the Age's comments, here it goes: If we take into consideration that vehicles are the major producers of greenhouse emissions 49% as compared with 12% used in water heati…
  • Hi N, Sorry for my late response. Group self-built is now under the Department of Human Services and the website address is: http://hnb.dhs.vic.gov.au/ooh/ne5ninte.nsf/LinkView/D7B2F6181D1F5D44CA2570C30036626AC28CD4339261C987CA257123007AAFD6 H…
  • A megacity such as Bangkok gets pinned for being unsustainable, and yet, designers are strangely quiet when it comes to asking what on earth a 2.4 million square foot mall (Mall of Emirates) is good for. That's is a very good point, we must a…
  • I don't believe for a second that architectural studies, in general, promote social/political responsibility. The RIBA statement claims that this should be the aim - which is more than any statement I have seen so far coming out the RAIA. However, a…
  • This is a very interesting discussion. Having worked for a number of years in different aspects of architecture, I know I would not have survived in this field is my aim had been purely or mainly financial. However, I cannot complain, I am happy wit…
  • Those are important points Peter and it is interesting to note, as in many other political doctrines, that a discussion taking place on the issue of who is liberal and who is conservative – not too dissimilar to the discussions here in Australia, wh…
  • I was thinking Su about your last comment "I recommend that Arch-Peace learn from this and be mindful of keeping our forums as open as possible to ensure that nobody is cast as an outsider." I am happy to say that we have done pretty well in that a…
  • Last night (Nov 2, 2006), at words.@.bldg50, we heard of the previous agreements between aboriginal leaders - representing their communities - and the governments of that time. These agreements were celebrated with dance and music with government an…
  • Good point Nick, The issue of isolation is important and I have seen evidence of its negative effects in other situations—not only in indigenous communities but even in suburbs with low income demographics and disconnected from public transport. I…
  • Hi Susan, I read the discussion paper produced by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, entitled "ACCESS TO ABORIGINAL LAND UNDER THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS ACT – TIME FOR CHANGE?" I will qui…
  • Hi Susan, I know there are architects with law degrees, I met one once.... and I can't remember who that was. However, there are statutory planners and planners with lots of legal knowledge. I am glad you are writing something on this issue. My s…
  • Thanks again for the links Susan. I found the article by Donald Gumurdul, Philip Mikginmikginj and Jacob Nayinggul, clear and particularly powerful. However, even the title insists on an understanding and I wonder: do we really have to understand or…
  • There is also the example of Curitiba in Brazil. The government is improving the conditions in the slums, they are also encouraging people to start (or improve) their own local business-work opportunities and better living conditions go hand in hand…
  • Katy, I just became aware of this post, hope it is not too late to assist. It is good to hear that something really concrete is being done to assist this village and that one of our members is involved in it. Please let us know is you would like t…
  • CHARLES JENCKS TALKS ON THE ISRAELI PAVILION "We have to stand up for architectural freedom" and we should not compromise says Charles Jencks, referring to the one sided view of destruction displayed by the Israeli Pavilion. According to Jencks …
  • Thanks Peter, that is a very important statement. Architects for Peace (Arch-Peace international) since the early 70's have spoken in similar fashion but it doesn't sink in. I also try and discuss these issues with my students. All willing to adop…