Exhibition Opening: The Architecture of Multispecies Cohabitation

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Thursday 22 April 2021
6.00 - 8.00pm

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The Hearth, Wentworth Building G01,
148 City Road, Darlington



Feral Partnerships
Tin Sheds Gallery
Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
Culture and Animals Foundation

Wander through the exhibition and immerse yourself in its stories at the grand opening ceremony for The Architecture of Multispecies Cohabitation Exhibition.

Carp as kitchen helpers. Shadehouses designed to host guests amidst ferns. Farmhouses where cattle live downstairs. Decorative dovecotes for the harvest of nutrient-rich fertilisers. Enormous cylindrical towers for human remains to be devoured by vultures…

The Architecture of Multispecies Cohabitation presents surprising and hopeful stories of human and other-than-human interdependence, through the architectures that host them. In the context of anthropogenic global warming and the accelerating extinction of species, the exhibition presents work from a research archive of historical precedents in order to inspire new possibilities for building worlds with the other-than-human in mind.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Feral Partnerships (in person and via zoom) will present a collection of stories from the exhibition followed by a response and conversation between Danielle Celermajer, the Co-Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, and an academic from The Sydney School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. The event will culminate in a walkthrough of the exhibition.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.


Danielle Celermajer is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Deputy Director (Academic) of the Sydney Environment Institute and convenor of the Multispecies Justice Collective. While her professional and academic background have been in human rights, in recent years, she has shifted her focus to the interface between environmental, animal and human ethics and justice. Her books include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology and The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (both with Cambridge University Press) and Summertime, a book about the experience of climate catastrophe in an intentional multispecies community with Penguin Random House.

Matthew Darmour-Paul is an architectural researcher and practitioner now based in Sydney. He co-founded the Feral Partnerships, an English-based collective that is interested in the stories of entangled ecologies and world-making projects that meet at and within the boundaries of whatever is perceived to be ‘the built environment’. His work explores architecture’s entanglement within ruralisation, the physical infrastructure of the internet and the financialisation of nature.

Robyn Dowling is a Professor and the Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Her current research is concerned with the ways in which urban governance and urban life are responding to climate change and technological disruptions. Funded by a number of ARC Discovery grants in collaboration with Professor Pauline McGuirk of the University of Wollongong, she builds upon the foundations of urban planning to explore the partnerships and complex relationships through which contemporary cities are governed, and most recently the notion of smart cities.

Dagma Reinhardt (Chair) is a practising architect, Associate Professor and Chair of Architecture at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the intersection and integration of architecture, acoustics, structure, robotics, fabrication, material and constructions constraints into design and interdisciplinary collaborations. Reinhardt leads two substantial industry and state-government funded projects on new robotic applications for workspace scenarios, and for safer and healthier construction work environments.

Michael Tawa is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney and is passionate about the capacity of design thinking and practice to engage curiosity and wonder. His research interests include the relationship between architecture, cinema and music and exploring spatial and temporal symbolism.