Most of the indigenous architectural works in Australia was domestic. The architecture involved the construction of shelters and residential camps. There was a variation of the architectural work ranging from temporary windbreaks to shelters. Also, the architecture involved the construction of round houses with roofs made of grass.
The introduction of new architectural designs by the trained architects is a reflection of change and identity. The indigenous social organization played a greater role in the success of the Australian architecture, along with the heritage and the social change of the Australians (Mulligan 2007).
II. Projects in the indigenous Australia
In the indigenous Australian community, several projects were established in the remote and urban communities. In Australia, Aboriginal stone architecture was part of the projects built in the country. It was a symbol of the engineering structures built in those ancient times.
The structures included stone-walled weirs and canals. Also ovens and ceremonial layouts were constructed under the engineering structures. In some areas, shelters bearing an egg shape were also constructed. This was done to prevent water coming from under the surface due to flooding (Mulligan 2007).
In addition, there was community-based public architecture in which collaboration between the indigenous communities and the non-indigenous communities existed. The architecture involved designing of public buildings. These public buildings were used to account for the relationships among members of the same family.
An example of such a project is the Tjulyuru Ngaanyatjari cultural and civic center. The project is based in Warburton, Western Australia. This project was designed by Insideout Architectures. It bears a reflection of the landscape and the culture in which it was founded. The project functions both as a meeting facility and as a tourist attraction site. Also other projects like the lava-stone structures were constructed in western Victoria.
The availability of basalt stones and rocks within the surroundings enhanced the construction of compound stone structures within the area. The remains of these complex structures have been observed in different regions of Australia. Examples of structures constructed with these types of stones included houses, eel traps and ponds. Other examples include weirs, traps and gates were made from these stones (Foley 2001).
III. Other types of professions
Besides architecture, there are other types of professions that people can engage in. These professions include medicine, teaching and management. By incorporating medicine in the indigenous Australia community, the health of the people will improve. A healthy society in terms of physical fitness will enhance people to engage themselves into development projects that lead to growth of a place.
Also, the death rates within the society will be minimal leading to an increased population. The teaching profession will help in moldings a society of enlightened people. Education will help the indigenous Australians to approach problems with the right method and be able to come up with solutions with relative ease.
The managerial profession will help in making proper utilization of the available resources. This will lead to minimizing wastage of the resources. The resources also include labor and the available materials. With the proper use of resources, the economy of the indigenous Australia will grow leading to development (Basedow 1925).
To build a professional network, several things need to be addressed first. To start with, there is need to take note of the important issues to be addressed. Also one should make use of the existing ties to strengthen the relationship.
These ties include faculty, friends and family. Joining dominant trade within ones area can also help in building a strong network. Self centeredness should be avoided and people should share the different ideas they have. Finally a follow-up should be made by having the contacts for the members. This will help to keep the members in touch with each other.
IV. Group report
Despite the fact that developing vivacious and sustainable communities is a complicated process, a number of things can be done to enhance the collaboration between indigenous and non- indigenous Australia. This will be in from of a community engagement that involves a more than a proactive approach to sharing information.
Other than just making information available, there should be efforts to proactively make this if information available through widespread consultation and equal participation by all parties involved. The level of involvement for the public should; be increased to the extent that the majority of decision making lie within the public domain.
This will be enhanced by seeking as well as collaborating as much information as possible on management of resources, opportunities for growth and community engagement, social political and economic wellbeing as well as designs, from the public. Collaboration should also be enhanced by involving everyone from the early stages of the planning process. There are a number of opportunities that will enhance community’s engagement.
They include stronger affiliations between communities and local authorities, building a localized spotlight for the planning process, engaging the local community in regional discussion and forums, enhancing collaborations in regional issues , developing a localized focus in solution seeking to local problems , developing all solutions on the philosophy of sustainability as well as involving the state governments in decision making process.
These opportunities will not only enhance collaborations but will also crate the necessary networks for effective all-round participation (Elton Consulting 2003).
Community information sharing conferences will also enhance networking and a closer involvement of all stakeholders (Brun 2004). There is also need to motivate stakeholders to engage in community development programs. Over and above widespread consultations, stakeholders will be motivated through focus group discussion developing of clear shared goals, as well as implementing proposal reached though this focus groups discussions (Rawsthorne and Christian 2004).
My profession has played a crucial role in making designs required for the different structures in the region. These designs can be used to construct different structures such as those built in the indigenous Australia. Innovation has been used to improve the structures build in modern day Australia.
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