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Broken Hill

Staging Heritage

Wednesday 8 – Monday 20 April 2015

Broken Hill, NSW

Broken Hill, jointly organised by the AA School of Architecture and RMIT University, will treat the remote and rural urbanscape of Broken Hill in the Australian New South Wales as a site of experimentation in April 2015.

Branded as a place for complete immersion amid an atmosphere of past glory and grandeur, the historic town of Broken Hill adopted a sustainability and tourism strategy that has mainly focused on the story of its mining history. However, the town’s main industry has presently reached a critical state of decline. During Australia’s golden age for film production in the 1970s, Broken Hill served as a film set and production house, offering the backdrop to either dystopian films such as Mad Max or films that aimed to explore the psychologically complicated relationship between the landscape and its dweller. Broken Hill has recently acted to re-establish its role within Australian film industry with the refurbishment of its main power house into film studios.

Speculating on the potential of its present state rather than its unyielding past, the intensive studio acknowledges that the landscape of Broken Hill not only exists as a space of valuable economic production but also as a dynamic entity that demands to be engaged with and registered on a psychological level.

Conceiving the town as a film set with its inhabitants as characters within a plot, the intensive studio will propose an alternative map of the town by comprehending spaces as lived in, as conceived, and as perceived. Reinventing narratives and conflicts attached to Broken Hill, students will create a series of artefacts meant to be deployed as event spaces within selected points of the town. Based on capacity, weight, and context, students will not only design the layout of these artefacts on a plan but also the logistics of delivering infrastructure to any location in Broken Hill. Juxtaposed against the town’s vision to reinvigorate its position within Australia’s golden age cinema heritage, short movies accompanied by a set of drawings will be presented to a forum of local community and council members.


For RMIT Landscape Architecture students, please email for instructions on how to make your application

For all other applicants, you can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer. Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.


The course fee is £695 ($1320 AUS). Within the fee, the following is included:

•  AA Membership
• Return transport as a group between Melbourne and Broken Hill as:
  - return train between Melbourne and Mildura
  - return chartered coach for the group between Mildura and Broken Hill
• 12 nights accommodation within Broken Hill
• Transport within and around Broken Hill
• All tutorials and speakers
• Broken Hill astronomy tour

RMIT Landscape Architecture students are being offered a discounted rate of $AUS1200

Days 1 and 2 are held on campus at RMIT in Melbourne. If you are not a RMIT Landscape Architecture student and need assistance in finding accommodation in Melbourne, please contact

Students will need to bring their own laptops, digital cameras and video editing software. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop


The workshop is open to current architecture, fine art and design students and /or young professionals.


RMIT University Melbourne, Australia
Broken Hill , NSW, Australia


AA Programme Director
Fionnuala Heidenreich

RMIT Course Director
Lukas Pauer

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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