Until now I have been blogging about the creative impulses and processes behind the project at 43 Stockdale Street, Dickson and One Of A Kind Apartments. Ideas that can be explained with a photo. This blog may seem academic and different but I hope you will read it to see why I consider it very consistent with all the earlier blogs.
This week is National Reconciliation Week in Australia. It is a week I will be celebrating because I believe reconciliation to be critical to the process of acceptance and redemption. Although Reconciliation Week is about celebrating Indigenous Australians and their story it is not really about black and white. Reconciliation is a process whereby we understand that our Truth is not black or white, our Reality is not black or white and our Future is not black or white. Reconciliation is a process that allows for many voices, many inputs and a diverse community of many colours.
You may well be asking “how does this tie in with our project at One of a Kind Apartments?” Well, simply put, reconciliation is the only process that allows for a truly collaborative project and a shared outcome or future. And this is what sustainable eco-design is all about. As eco-designers we are aspiring for designs whereby one person’s gain does not become another’s (a neighbour’s or community’s) loss. And where one generation’s gain (ours) becomes the next generation’s loss (our children’s).
Reconciliation, experienced in this way, therefore means it is more important for us to give something up than to grab it. It is no irony that Reconciliation Week can become a beginning in discussing what has really been an unacknowledged land grab of Aboriginal land by our modern Australian nation. I believe a sustainable plan and design only becomes possible once we accept we can’t have it all and therefore won’t get everything we want. And that although there are limits to what we can say there are no limits to how we can listen.