GPT GROUP & AMP CAPITAL
COCKLE BAY PARK REDEVLOPMENT
Balarinji was engaged by GPT Group and AMP Capital to integrate local Aboriginal culture and values within the design of Sydney’s new Cockle Bay Park redevelopment.
The redevelopment aims to reinvent urban life at Darling Harbour, regenerate wildness in the waterfront and reconnect the city, returning Cockle Bay to a working neighbourhood by the water with deeper human connection and more lifestyle space.
Balarinji integrated themes of Connection to Country, Language, Aboriginal culture as a Living Culture and Custodianship.
Balarinji undertook a series of community workshops and interviews with locally connected Aboriginal stakeholders and creative practitioners. From this engagement process, Balarinji provided high-level translation of the local Aboriginal narrative as well as what local Aboriginal people wanted from the redevelopment, both specific to the project and more broadly reflecting the universal Aboriginal worldview and context.
Workshops with locally connected Aboriginal creative practitioners and knowledge holders also informed themes local to Place for a conceptual approach to the redevelopment’s architecture, landscape design, urban furniture and public art.
The process of deep engagement established open channels of positive communication and goodwill which allowed the project’s local and international design team to continue to raise questions about Aboriginal co-design in a collaborative and productive manner, to best serve the local Aboriginal community and the redevelopment.