The architecture of multispecies cohabitation

A thread on creating homes for all of us with YARN Australia

As planetary conditions become less hospitable, the need for all earthly beings – human and more than human – to find ways to call home becomes both more urgent and more apparent. How might we transform the way we think, design, build and inhabit our homes so that they become more hospitable to all with whom we share our worlds? What must we do, in turn, to be more attentive and respectful of the homes that other more than human provide and create around us, for themselves, for others and for us? How might Indigenous knowledge and practices of living about the land inform and nurture this call?

In this thread, hosted by YARN Australia, we invite people who design, manufacture, build, inhabit, grow and transform domestic and institutional, public and private, indoor and outdoor homes to think together about how we might create forms sweeter and more generous lives. cohabitation. The thread provides space to recognize how many of our building and living practices have excluded beings other than humans (and also many humans) and how they have failed to recognize their hospitality offerings.

At the same time, the thread is an invitation to share stories of how we the people have, are, or are trying to make a home differently, and to dream of the kinds of homes an expanded “us” might begin to create – welcoming homes for all. we. The evening will open with a cultural performance by Nulungu Dreaming followed by the Barayagal Choir, conducted by Nardi Simpson.

This event is part of the Architecture of Multispecies Cohabitation festival organized by Feral Partnerships, the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Environment Institute.


Warren Roberts is a proud Thunghutti and Bundjalung man and the founder of YARN Australia, an organization whose aim is to unite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians through workshops and events organized in safe and respectful spaces. He has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, having worked for NGOs and universities, as well as local, state and federal government. Warren had the good fortune to work alongside esteemed elders from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which encouraged him to reflect on the importance of respecting cultural protocols.

Daniel Boyd is a Kudjala/Gangalu/Kuku-Yalanji/Waka Waka/Gubbi Gubbi/Wangerriburra/Bandjalung man from Far North Queensland and an artist who reinterprets Eurocentric perspectives of Australian history, often appropriating images that played an important role in shaping and spreading this story. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2005 with commissions for the Australian War Memorial and became the first Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist to be awarded the prestigious Bulgari Art Prize, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2014.

Caroline Pidcock is passionate about the importance of regenerative architecture and design, and how they can contribute to a “culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative” future. She has over 25 years of leadership and contribution to a wide range of boards and organizations. In May 2021, she was jointly awarded the AIA 2021 Leadership in Sustainability Award. Her creative lateral thinking, hardworking nature, humor and ability to positively engage with many people make her an invaluable contributor to forward looking groups.

Thom van Dooren is an Associate Professor and Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council (2017-2021) in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. His research and writing addresses some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political questions that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He is the author of Raven’s Wake: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (Columbia, 2019) and co-editor of Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (Columbia, 2017).


Danielle Celermajer is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Deputy Director (Academic) of the Sydney Environment Institute and Facilitator of the Multispecies Justice Collective. Although her professional and academic background focused on human rights, in recent years she has focused on the interface between environmental, animal and human ethics and justice. His books include The Nation’s Sins and the Ritual of Apology and Preventing torture: an ecological approach (both with Cambridge University Press) and Summer timea book about experiencing climate catastrophe in an intentional multispecies community with Penguin Random House.

Matthew Darmour-Paul is an architectural researcher and practitioner now based in Sydney. He co-founded the Feral Partnerships, an England-based collective interested in stories of entangled ecologies and world-making projects that meet at and within all that is perceived as ‘the built environment’. . His work explores the entanglement of architecture in rurality, the physical infrastructure of the internet, and the financialization of nature.

Robyn Dowling is Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Sydney. His current research focuses on how urban governance and urban life respond to climate change and technological disruption. Funded by a number of ARC Discovery grants in collaboration with Professor Pauline McGuirk of the University of Wollongong, it draws on the foundations of urban planning to explore the complex partnerships and relationships by which contemporary cities are governed, and more recently the concept of smart cities. .

Dagma Reinhardt (Chair) is a practicing architect, associate professor and chair of architecture at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the intersection and integration of the constraints of architecture, acoustics, structure, robotics, manufacturing, materials and constructions in design and interdisciplinary collaborations. Reinhardt is leading two substantial industry and state government funded projects on new robotic applications for workspace scenarios and for safer and healthier construction work environments.

Michael Tawa is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney and is passionate about the ability of design thought and practice to spark curiosity and wonder. His research interests include the relationship between architecture, film and music and the exploration of spatial and temporal symbolism.

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