The Great Birrarung Parkland Studio

Bachelor of Architectural Design
Semester 1, 2021

Studio leader(s)

The Great Birrarung Parkland Studio is a live invitation from the Birrarung Council to University students to develop design ideas through bi-cultural design. Students who undertake this studio could create real world change as the outcomes may be used by the Birrarung Council to advocate for the potential of this landscape through presentations to Councils, Ministers and through public exhibition.

The Birrarung Council, created under the 2017 Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act, provides advocacy for the protection and preservation of the Yarra River, as one living and integrated natural entity.

The Council is charged with providing advice to Government on how to protect the River, and secure its health for the generations to come. The Council serves as the 'voice of the River'.

The Yarra River, Birrarung, is central to the prosperity, liveability and sustainability of Melbourne. The River with its adjoining park/ands and shared trails is a living and integrated entity, where Melburnians rest, play and travel.

The north bank of the Yarra from Punt Road to Wallen Road has been selected by the Birrarung Council as a site in urgent need of new thinking.

The area is dominated by the Monash Freeway Constructed in the late 1960s and expanded as part of Citylink in the early 1990s, the Freeways presents a hard edge to the River and an almost completely impenetrable barrier between people and the river landscape.

In contrast to the investment in Freeway infrastructure, there has been little investment in enhancing connectivity to the River and access to open space areas.

Fundamentally, we want to raise the profile of the River in general and the severely impacted Richmond length of the River in particular. This stretch needs a strong, bold, evocative and environmentally focussed vision.

The studio will start at a macro scale. redefining how we view. map and design with Country through an Indigenous Lens. Students will progressively zoom inwards to the site to develop collaborative masterplans. propose relevant architectural possibilities and realise them at a macro scale.

The studio will be practice based, with classes split 50% online and 50% at the Jackson Clements Burrows office in Richmond.

We look forward to working with students who are keen to contribute to change through bi-cultural design with Traditional Owners.