Images from the front line almost look like paintings, both surreal & terrifying. The natural & the artificial. As architects, that’s our trade - the man made within seductive landscapes. But every material we use originally came from the earth: the steel of our portal frames, the glass in our windows. Materials dug from the earth magically become build ready products - so easy to forget - in which forest did your timber frame grow?
Moving forward we need to fully acknowledge the relationship between wilderness & resource. And, stop ignoring the sophisticated land management strategies of our First Nations people. We need to listen with open hearts & learn.
Like many, WOWOWA has donated to relief organizations and will certainly be part of any pro bono rebuild effort but it’s important to acknowledge we are also complicit in allowing calcified power structures walk Australia right up to this environmental edge.