Anthropologist Dr Maree Pardy looks at urban renewal strategies in Footscray and Dandendong.
7pm, Thursday 2 July 2009 at RMIT Bldg 50, Orr St
Renewal and revitalisation are buzzwords around town. Drawing on preliminary findings from current research in Dandenong and Footscray, both presently subject to R & R processes, Maree considers a range of questions related to the promises of and visions for the renewal of these suburbs. Qualitative research in both suburbs has so far involved interviews, observations and conversations with policy and planning personnel, visitors, local residents and retailers. Both suburbs share rich yet diverse histories of class, socio-economics and immigrant and refugee settlement, as well as a distinctive element of cultural diversity, which has been central to much discussion about their branding and futures. Yet, while cultural diversity is discussed, multiculturalism seems to have disappeared from many agendas.
Focusing on the difference between cultural diversity and multiculturalism, this talk will present some of the differing relations to ‘place’ among urban designers, social and urban planners and the many and diverse individuals and groups who inhabit these suburban spaces.
Presented by Architects for Peace.
Entry by gold coin donation, refreshments provided.