Ashley Halliday Architects, Wax Design, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Kaurna Traditional Owners and Yitpi Yartapuultiku Custodian Group
Yarta Puulti (‘Sleeping Place’), Estuarine Mangrove River System, Port Adelaide,
South Australia, 34.51S 135.30E
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike continue to hurt from the damage colonisation has wrought on the Australian community and Country. Our community is in crisis, and Australia must transcend its selective amnesia toward past genocidal practice, displacement, and dispossession of Aboriginal people to then unlearn, learn, relearn, and evolve together.
Unlearning requires a shift in perspective. To shift perspective, we must look for, connect with, and nurture the unseen, the non-tangible. We must be open to unlearning and re-learning new ways of seeing and doing and appreciating the environment. Kaurna Elders teach that we must embrace two-ness, observe natural harmonies, connect with all our senses (Nindi), with each other, the spirit of the place, and Country.
Without a shift in perspective, Australia will continue to disintegrate socially, spatially, and environmentally. Community bonds will remain fractured, and our shared public places will become commercialized and disconnected from Country. Yitpi Yartapuultiku seeks to reverse this future by blending architecture and landscape with Country, creating a new ‘Dreaming’ – A renewed place of belonging.
City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Kaurna Traditional Owners and Custodians
Ashley Halliday Architects
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