Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Yurlendj-nganjin

In a global context, understanding and engaging with Indigenous Peoples and understanding their contemporary values is becoming increasingly relevant. This book offers a major insight into Australian Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives on the built environment. Enriched with thoughtful Indigenous voices from across Australia, echoed with several pre-eminent non-Indigenous practitioner voices, the book discusses the value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the Australian built environment and landscapes. It provides their perspective of wanting to share, of wanting to be heard, and of wishing to journey into our future landscapes and environments sympathetically and sustainably; of wanting to mutually share this journey respectfully to the betterment of humanity and these landscapes.

A major resource for all academics, students and practitioners in the built environment sector, internationally, and not just in Australia, the book embodies issues confronting Indigenous Peoples and their communities, and their concerns about the future of their custodial landscapes.

The book’s national significance has already been identified by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) through its inclusion in their ‘Connection to Country: Case Studies’.


Dr David Jones oversees Strategic Planning and Urban Design for the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation in Ballaarat/Ballarat and Djilang/Geelong, Australia. With academic qualifications in planning, landscape architecture and cultural heritage, he has served in various Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Australia ICOMOS, and international ICOMOS capacities. He is author of Adelaide Park Lands and Squares Cultural Landscape Assessment Study (2007) and co-author of Geelong’s Changing Landscape (2019), Re-casting Terra Nullius Blindness (2017), Creating Healthy Places (2017), and Aboriginal Reconnections (2013), and has contributed to The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture (2018).

Dr Darryl Low Choy is Professor Emeritus (Environmental and Landscape Planning) and former Head of Planning of the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, Australia. He was a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is the former Chair of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation’s (QYAC) Land and Sea Management Committee (2011-2021). His research is focused on growth management for developing regions; value-led planning; Indigenous landscape values; resilience and peri-urbanisation of the landscape; company-owned towns; and climate change adaptation for human settlements, amongst others.

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ISBN: 1-5275-7017-7

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7017-7

Release Date: 8th July 2021

Pages: 421

Price: £67.99

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