Prosthesis: University of Sydney- National Centre for Cultural Competence
“The process of place recognition means that its meaning must be socially constructed through a continuity of practices over time”
Fantin, S, “Aboriginal Identities in Architecture”, Architecture Australia, Vol. 92, 5, (2003)
The project seeks to immerse the program of the National Centre for Cultural Competence into the existing built environment of Sydney University, tracing upon inherent layers within the site and recasting a clearer future urban fabric. Drawing upon the richness of Paul Carters Golden Grove project, the National centre establishes a new thread of passage through the site: from Gadigal Green, across City road and into Eastern Avenue. In so doing, parts of the existing fabric are reactivated and new elements emerge that encourage a synthesis of Western and Indigenous approaches to learning and the sharing of knowledge. Additionally, this new prosthetic element challenges the conditions within the existing built framework, and interjects it opening up new interdisciplinary exchanges.
The program of the NCCC occupies two primary sites- the Cadigal Green precinct, and the City road/ Eastern Avenue junction, merging into the existing Carslaw building and surrounding structures. Although the main programmatic functions are situated in these locations, the prosthetic nature of the NCCC extends through the whole campus, connecting areas of both current and historic Indigenous occupation and significance.