Conversations Across the Creek | Habitecture and Digital Nature: Design for Biodiversity

Image: Joyce Hwang, “Life Support” - habitecture design for Barrer Hill Nature Reserve, Molonglo Valley

Conversations Across the Creek is an initiative by the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) and the Research School of Chemistry (RSC) to provide a space for continuing dialogue among scientists, social scientists, and humanities scholars. Meetings are held monthly, with the aim of stimulating and unearthing research and teaching collaborations across the university.

Join us for the first Conversation for 2018, where three diverse scholars 'cross' Sullivan's Creek, presenting on their latest research. The topic of this event is Habitecture and Digital Nature: Design for Biodiversity.

Canberra is famously a designed city, but design has traditionally focused on human imperatives. Design has helped lead us to our current predicament, where habitat loss, environmental degradation and climate change all threaten the integrity of our living environment. How can design change its role, and support biodiversity in urban ecosystems? Reporting on early stages of this collaboration we present designs for direct intervention, creating artificial habitat structures or “habitecture”, and opportunities for digital design to amplify engagement with our living environment.

Speakers include:

Assoc Prof Mitchell Whitelaw
School of Art and Design

Associate Professor Philip Gibbons
Fenner School of Environment & Society


Please register - light lunch provided. Click here for more information about the CatC Series, or to access recordings of past events.

Date & time

Fri 23 Mar 2018, 12.30–2pm


Eucalyptus Seminar Room, RN Robertson Building, 46 Sullivan Creek Road Acton


Associate Professor Mitchell Whitelaw (School of Art and Design, CASS)
Associate Professor Philip Gibbons (Fenner School of Environment and Society (CoS)


Penny Brew
+61 2 6125 4357


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