About

The wodli ngundarta- what’s behind a house workshop was conceived and is presented by Gavin Malone, Cultural Geographer and Artist, and Karl Telfer, Cultural Custodian and Designer, from CRED, Cultural Research Education Design. For more about Karl and Gavin see their website, credadl.com.

The workshop was conceived at the request of the University of Calgary to develop a hands-on design and build experience which engages place and its cultural landscape. This unique workshop incorporates a bi-cultural, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, approach to architecture and design, investigating how a bi-cultural architectural form, or space, can evolve.

The objectives of the workshop are to develop an:

  • Awareness of the Kaurna Aboriginal cultural landscape, history, and design practices.
  • Understanding of how building design and construction are linked to issues of materiality and cultural landscapes: the physical and the human.
  • Understanding of how building design and construction are linked to issues of ecological and cultural sustainability.
  • Ability to design and construct a small structure using local materials and simple construction techniques.

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