Burnt Earth: Material Culture, Image by Wardle
Past Event

Burnt Earth: Material Culture

Presented by Wardle


Wed 24 May 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Free, booking required


25 Rokeby St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia


Accessible bathroom Wheelchair accessible

From Country, materials are taken, transformed, and to Country, they ultimately return. Materials can tell us stories about the environment, about the people that make them, and the transactional exchanges we often overlook in their production and disposal. In the Australian context, we see aspirational benefits in understanding a material’s deep connection to Country.

Join Wardle for an insightful discussion led by partners John Wardle and Meaghan Dwyer, and architectural graduate and researcher Michael McMahon. Michael is a descendant of the Bundjalung people of North East New South Wales. The panel will explore material culture, Indigenous context, provenance, Caring for Country, and material invention with burnt earth.

“We bring the future into form.”

Wardle is a studio of architects, inventors, designers, and makers that navigate beyond conventional practices into the emerging. From the curiosity of our enquiring minds, we gather together the influences of culture, technology, and crafts, to inspire new stories to be told and design for the unexplored possibilities of tomorrow.

This discussion is moderated by Dr. Rory Hyde from the University of Melbourne.


John Wardle

John is an internationally renowned architect and the founding partner of Wardle. Highly attuned to the importance of detail, John has a keen interest in linking digital platforms to contemporary industrial processes to exciting new forms of craftsmanship. It’s through detail, he believes, that the nature of the material, the fit to function, and the experience of occupation is expressed.

Meaghan Dwyer

Meaghan is another of Wardle’s five partners. As an architect and social scientist, she is a strategist in the built environment with specific expertise in education, life sciences, and culture and community. Meaghan is deeply curious about the rapidly changing world—in the face of climate change, the advent of new technologies, and within changing ideals and values of community. Her inquisitive, forward-looking approach to design embraces new technical and material possibilities.

Michael McMahon

Architectural graduate and researcher, Michael is a descendant of the Bundjalung people of North East New South Wales. Michael’s work through practice and research investigates how architecture can celebrate and strengthen Aboriginal culture by it giving both material and social consistency.

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