Conveying Sacred Knowledge through Contemporary Architectural Design: The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre


  • Elizabeth Grant The University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia



The Indigenous peoples of north east Arnhem Land in Australia (Yolngu) overlay their culture with the customs and social behaviour of other societies to achieve positive outcomes and autonomy. Passing down cultural knowledge is intrinsic to the cultural identity of Yolngu. The paper discusses the recently completed Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre and examines the cultural knowledge conveyed through the medium of contemporary architecture design. The paper finds that the Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre combined aspects of non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal cultures to form a coherent whole with multi-facetted meanings.


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How to Cite

Grant, E. (2016). Conveying Sacred Knowledge through Contemporary Architectural Design: The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(1), 199–206.



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