Melbourne is where I met David Week, an architect who has had some fascinating experiences and who designed and implemented my case study in Papua New Guinea. He has a very interesting viewpoint on how we, in the West, approach working in cultures different to our own. This is something we are increasingly doing and a measure of our success in doing so is how well we can open up to 'the other' as David terms it. Having read David's thesis and interviewed him, I think we can learn a lot from someone who really listens to and absorbs the cultures of the people for whom he is designing. This results in a rich piece of architecture and a process in which culture is not forgotten, but embraced.
One example talked about in his thesis portrays a situation in PNG where he has asked the carpenters to turn the timbers around so the timber marks do not show in the room. When returning, he found they had done the opposite. He discovered that it is only Western ideas that see the unmarked timber as more beautiful. In PNG the marked timber holds some interest.
|Old English Colonial architecture|
|Federation square by architects Lab Architecture and Bates Smart|
|Nice mix of old and new, brown and grey|
|More Fed Square, nice English weather|
|The Yarra river|
|Trams and Flinders st station in the distance|
|The Victoria Markets which are open late on Wednesday nights for food, booze and live music|
|Nice old arcade|
|Inside the Atrium at Fed Square|
|Watching England vs Australia|
|Me and Errol st close to where our hotel was, interesting colonial buildings behind|
|Brunswick st is famous for alternative shops and interesting architecture, we had some delicious Vietnamese food here|
|The Royal Botanical Gardens, lovely on a hot day|
|The view from our window|