Landscape Architecture - Honours

Re turning Country

'Re turning Country' proposes a new typology of 'landscape as memorial' for the National Resting Place - a keeping place for the repatriation of unidentified Indigenous Australian Ancestral remains. Indigenous worldviews and the specificities of the Kamberri (Canberra) region have been considered through cartographic analysis and used to generate design outcomes. Design principles look to enable cultural processes and practices for the respectful return of Ancestral remains.

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as Traditional Owners of the lands of Kamberri, Kanberri together with those groups who have close connection the Ngambri and the Ngarigu peoples on which this project is sited and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

I also acknowledge the many Ancestors who have been taken away from their Mother Lands, and pay respect to Elders customs and concerns, past, present and future.

Warning that words and descriptions contained may be culturally sensitive and may not normally be used in certain public or community contexts.

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Clare Mayberry

Clare considers complex socio-cultural issues through the lens of landscape architecture. Clare's practice philosophy is premised on the Indigenous worldview of inter-relationality, that culture and ecology are deeply interwoven. Her work explores ways to embed Indigenous worldviews into Western ‘reductionist’ design practice to create outcomes that enable culture and Country. Clare would also like to acknowledge the limitations of this as a student project in engaging with First Nations peoples and welcomes ongoing dialogue in regards to the project and the repatriation of Ancestral remains.