GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS! NAARM!
Name: LIWEN LIAN
Institution / Company: RMIT UNIVERSITY
– FINALIST of 2020 Monument Competition
Our cities are in a state of emergency, excessive developments around capital and consumerism have made our city a place for the few privileged. We lose empathy, integrity, cultures and connections with the land. What is the purpose of a static monument going to remind us, the change we need to make? GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS! NAARM! is a proposal to transform the centre of Melbourne CBD from shopping heaven into a place for public gathering, learning and story sharing through placemaking and public educational programs (institutions + Independent). Emphasis on life-long learning and understanding as an agent for social change. Stripping off the blue stone pavement exposing the land underneath, the land Kulin people (traditional custodians of the land) once walked on. Replace the busy crossroad with an open-air learning pavilion. It will be facilitating public education programs for everyone. It is primitive, intimate, just like the old days when we sit together and listen. The pavilion is made from dead trees to give them a new life. Learning is the thing everyone can participate, together we can understand more. Let Melbourne/Naarm becoming the living embodiment of a learning city, a city for everyone.
#DE-GENTRIFICATION #LEARNING CITY #SHARING CITY #CONNECTION WITH LAND #DECOLONIZATION