Trees and Rhizomes: Students as Masters of Learning

Abstract

This paper analyzes an innovative university based studio based learning program, called the Bower Studio, that offers architecture students real-world experience in consulting and building consilience with client partners from marginalized and poorly resourced communities in remote Australia and Papua New Guinea. It both documents the strategies used to build meaningful, cross-cultural partnerships and sets o u t t h i s i n n o v a t i v e a p p r o a c h i n f o r m e d b y r e l e v a n t p o s t - g r a d u a t e l e a r n i n g p e d a g o g i e s . S t u d e n t s p a r t i c i p a t e w i t h a u n i q u e a n d p o w e r f u l l e a r n i n g e x p e r i e n c e t h a t p e r t u r b s t h e i r t y p i c a l d a y -t o d a y e x p e r i e n c e s b y i n t r o d u c i n g t h e m t o r e a l w o r l d i s s u e s o f i n e q u a l i t y , r a c e , p o v e r t y a n d m a r g i n a l i z a t i o n . S t u d e n t s a r e q u i t e c o n f r o n t e d b y t h e c o n t e m p o r a r y I n d i g e n o u s w o r l d a n d t h e l i f e s t y l e s o f I n d i g e n o u s p e o p l e . T h i s c u l t u r e s h o c k i s h o w e v e r q u i t e e m p o w e r i n g a n d i n v i g o r a t i n g f o r c i n g s t u d e n t s f r o m t h e i r c o m f o r t z o n e s



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David O'Brien, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Warren Sellers, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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Conference: ACE2013
Stream: Education

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