Supervisors: Professor Penny Allan, James Melsom
This research explores a participatory and integrative methodology, using the concept of “drawing together”, a highly iterative process that encourages shared accounts and deeper relationships among key stakeholders in order to gain a broader knowledge of site, its community and Indigenous heritage.
This research reflects on and develops strategies that aim to uncover the essence of a landscape, and its ‘one truth’ (N.Graham, 2020, pers. comm., 11 March) through openness that is ‘dialogical, reflective, and attentive to processes’ (Rose 2007). It promotes a framework which nurtures collaboration amongst stakeholders in pursuit of uncovering the collective understanding between system diversities, complexities, concerns within environments, and acknowledging the hidden voices.
To this end, these non-traditional practices will aid landscape architects to employ alternate strategies that better document, engage, promote, and respect the complex relationships that exist between stakeholder groups, cultural landscapes, their belief systems and values with landscape.