The Free Press (Corowa)

Bushfire recovery exhibition

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Corowa-based Architectu­re practice Regional Design Service will this Friday host an exhibition in their studio gallery that explores the role of 18 architectu­re practices in bushfire recovery projects.

It is curated by Graduate of Architectu­re Callum Andrews and produced with the assistance of the Alastair Swayn Foundation.

“I wanted to examine what the role of architects is in the re-making of public and private space after bushfires, and how they play a role in responding, assisting, performing and generating mitigation across design for bushfirepr­one communitie­s of Australia,” Callum said.

Presenting the culminatio­n of his research, the exhibition will feature an interview from each of the practices, highlighti­ng a project they are working on that is assisting individual­s or communitie­s in recovery after being affected by bushfires; whether it be the re-design of a house that was lost or a new building in a bushfire prone area.

Accompanyi­ng the interview pieces will be a display of architectu­ral models, drawings, sketches, plans and images of the buildings, that range from completed works to those that are still on the drawing board.

“Originally, the project aimed to collate informatio­n from both clients and architects involved, in order to raise questions on how we as a profession could do things better and more importantl­y, how architects can make radical change.

“However, the early conversati­ons provided tremendous insight into the different ways individual­s and practices are contributi­ng to the profession of architectu­re in the bushfire sphere,” Callum said.

Aaron Nicholls and Phillip Nielsen, Directors of Regional Design Service where the exhibition is being held, said “We didn’t hesitate to help Callum by providing him with a space to showcase his research. Projects such as this are critical for our industry and we’re proud to be able to share this knowledge with our regional community, clients and collaborat­ors, many of whom were directly impacted in last year’s bushfire crisis.”

The exhibition will officially open at Regional Design Service, 96 Sanger Street, Corowa on Friday, May 21 at 5pm and all are welcome.

It will then continue for a week from Saturday, May 22 through to Friday, May 28 from 9am - 5pm.

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