BLAKitecture: Indigenous ‘First Principles’


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Designing with First Principles can be described as a process of questioning everything we know or assume to be true until we arrive at the most fundamental truth we can. From here we can then make design decision that are reasoned from these fundamental truths rather than from assumptions or narratives we’ve experienced, but never questioned. So, what would Indigenous First Principles be, when approaching design? This yarn will explore this question from the perspectives of Indigenous built environment practitioners and designers.

MPavilion’s fourth annual BLAKitecture forum brings together Indigenous built environment practitioners on the Yaluk-ut Weelam land of the Boon Wurrung people. The forum aims to centralise Indigenous voices in conversations about architecture, the representation of histories, the present state and the future of our built environments. BLAKitecture 2020/21 is curated by MPavilion’s program consultant Sarah Lynn Rees.