Dr Rachel Hurst, Dr Katica Pedisic, Dr Matthew Bird
UniSA Masters of Architecture Research Practices 2019
Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Tailem Bend, Coonalpyn, Keith, Bordertown, Nhill; Dimboola, Warracknabeal
Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Ngargad, Bindjali Bodaruwitj, Jupagalk, Wergaia, Jadawadjali, Jaadwa, Wotjobaluk
Revolutionary Terrains is a collaborative research workshop by UniSA Masters of Architecture students. A team of 18 students and architectural educators explored ways of reading and depicting Australian regional landscapes, architecture and artefacts as a terrain of colonial ambition, imposition and obsolescence.
Initial exercises played with unconventional and physical modes of researching place and space. Next, a group road trip from Adelaide to Warracknabeal, across nine Aboriginal lands and declining country towns, charted 16 archetypal ‘monuments to the everyday’ (e.g. post offices, courthouses and silos) as uncanny objects. These formed the material for a co-operative photographic journal, speculative drawings, animation and public exhibition.
Allied with Studiobird’s After Warracknabeal  and Parallaxis for the Adelaide 2020 Festival, the project’s ostensible focus is the redundant 1890 Warracknabeal Court House, and its regeneration as a community artspace: but more critical is its role as an immersive educational experience for students, one that benefits from fresh eyes and tactics on familiar places.
Dr Rachel Hurst, Dr Matthew Bird
Dr Katica Pedisic
Rupert Piccoli, Edward Ramsay
Agastya Adhar, Courtney Bain, Hana
Broughton, Nathan Buder, Hisham
El-Jourdi, Yong Gan, Ryan Herbst,
Blake McDougall, Milad Nahravani,
Alyssa Nelson, Bec O’Brien, Billy
Roumeliotis, Giulia Talotta, Shannon Wark
University of South Australia.