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- Locating design: a site every design professional should see: the Marika-Alderton House, Yirrkala
- Carter, Nanette
- An apparently simple rectangular structure of plywood, timber, and steel, the Marika-Alderton house (1991-4) stretches over a sandy site in the Yirrkala community of East Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory. Its design is the result of a collaboration between artist and community elder Banduk Marika, her husband Philip Alderton, and Pritzker Prize winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt. But this is a deceptively complex structure, enmeshed within a raw debate about continued failures to provide effective housing for indigenous communities, as well as a degree of cultural myth-making. Indeed, seen in this context, the suggestion that every design professional should see this site is entirely rhetorical; it is not good manners to invite everyone over to someone else's house. This invitation is especially vexed because of the 200-year history of Aboriginal dispossession and the slow progress of practical measures from white Australia that might effect a genuine reconciliation.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Design and Culture, Vol. 3, no. 3 (Nov 2011), pp. 375-378
- Publication year
- Australia; Collaboration; Design; Design professionals; East Arnhem Land; Glenn Murcutt; Locating design; Marika-Alderton House; Northern Territory; Public houses; Public housing; Yirrkala community
- Berg Publishing
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- Copyright © BERG 2011.
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