Contributor: Timmah Ball

Timmah Ball is a mixture of things: urban planner, writer and community arts worker. She grew up in Melbourne but her heritage is Ballardong Noongar from Western Australia on her mother’s side. She is passionate about using arts and culture to create inclusive cities and believes that planners need to think about people rather the zones and overlays.

Unlearning Planning Practice: Libby Porter

As an associate professor at RMIT's Centre for Urban Studies, Libby Porter's work aims to position Aboriginal knowledge, people and culture at the heart of planning and urban development. Timmah Ball sits down with Libby to speak about how planning systems and environmental policies can incorporate Aboriginal knowledge, and how cultural ecologies can exist within rigid planning schemes and legislation.

Last stone left: wellbeing and Aboriginal placemaking in the city

Melbourne is home to the Wurundjeri and Boonerwrung peoples of the Kulin nation, who have cared for this landscape for thousands of years. Timmah Ball reflects on cities as sites of cultural significance, in which contemporary and traditional Aboriginal knowledge combine to promote space for greater wellbeing, revealing the underlying ecology of our city.

Remember Me: architecture, placemaking and Aboriginal identity

Timmah Ball combines her passion for creating place and urban planning with a deep pride in her Ballardong Noongar heritage. For National Reconciliation Week, she explores Aboriginal identity in Australian architecture and civic spaces, with a particular focus on 'Portrait' – the intensely debated ARM Architecture-designed apartments in Melbourne's CBD.