Dr Sue Anne Ware - Sunburnt: Australian landscape architecture

Talking Cities series continued on 6th April with Dr. Sue Anne Ware.

Since her research for the PhD programme, Dr. Ware has been working with memory and landscape and how people interact with the place. As all the projects we do will disappear soon or later, why would a building project have more sense than other kind of intervention?

Dr. Ware works with people and community doing memorial monuments that could be called performance more than permanent interventions, as a way to make the practice of the research. She looks at what these memorials mean for the people who place them, and what the action might suggest about our society's changing spiritual and cultural values about death and grief.

She explained different “action” memorial projects, among others: The “Road Shrine Memorial” remembered the victims of a very dangerous road (most of them children) planting a line of flowers, leaving them grow and burning them to let the black ash’s line as reminder. The “SIEV X Memorial” in Camberra, that examines the plight of a group of 400 refugees, mainly Afghan and Iraqi women and children, who drowned off the coast of Australia. Finally the “Anti-Memorial to Heroin Overdose Victims, featured in the 2002 Melbourne Festival, which won a national design award from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in 2002.

After the lecture, she launched ‘Sunburnt. Australian landscape architecture’ book and exhibition.