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Architectural projects making a difference in remote communities

Full scale working model of a composting toilet Source: University of Melbourne

The Bower Studio project has launched an exhibition showcasing architectural designs resulting in a close collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Indigenous communities.

Launched on September 2 and running through September 26, the exhibition Bower Studio Retrospective 2008-2019 showcases more than a decade of linking postgraduate architecture students and staff from Melbourne University  to remote Indigenous communities.

The exhibition profiles more than a decade’s back catalogue of projects, many of which have been profiled nationally and internationally.

Bower Studio creator and coordinator Dr David O’Brien says these projects give to the communities an opportunity to improve their techniques and use locally sourced materials.

Most of the projects are done in remote Australia, mainly in the NT and remote Western Australia.

The Bower Studio also has an international component working with communities in Thailand and PNG to co-develop and construct a range of community buildings

Improving housing liveability is a key driver of the Bower Studio as illustrated by the very successful Wakathuni community project in WA.

“The community has seen increased school attendance and excellent school outcomes for students,” Dr David O'Brien said in our interview.

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