Solving problems within the space of our own communities’ through the lens of design thinking.
Yerrabingin was founded by Clarence Slockee and Christian Hampson in 2018. The pair envisioned a new way of disrupting Aboriginal disadvantage; by interweaving Indigenous tacit knowledge and collaborative design thinking. They have sought to walk a new path, away from conventional approaches, to create new opportunities for intergenerational capital for future Indigenous generations to thrive.
A vast, growing network
After more than a year of collaboration with Mirvac and multiple community networks, Yerrabingin launched their first project in April 2019: a community, Indigenous rooftop farm in the heart of Eveleigh in Sydney, looking to create more opportunities for their people to use their innate skills for environmentalism, education, entertainment and more.
"Our culture is embedded in the landscape, and environmental consciousness. Sharing this tacit knowledge and wisdom through a cultural landscape, at this point in time, when our earth is under threat, must be a principal for future landscape design approaches."
Co-founder and CEO of Yerrabingin “We walk together” -
Indigenous Design Thinking for collaborative solutions.
Yerrabingin using the principles of Indigenous knowledge, collaborative design and permaculture to create and maintain the world’s first Indigenous rooftop farm for urban food production.
Located high above Sydney on the roof of Yerrabingin House, we’ve grown over 2,000 edible, medicinal or cultural plants. These will be delivered to restaurants around the South Eveleigh community and greater city, encouraging a renewed uptake and understanding of delicious, native bush tucker.
Yerrabingin also offer workshops on Aboriginal culture, native permaculture, environmental sustainability, physical and mental health, and well-being at the rooftop facility. Yerrabingin were recently awarded the Delicious Outstanding Native Producer as judged by Australia's top chefs and Australian Institute of Horticulture for their innovative design and contribution to education connected to Indigenous land management and cultural plant knowledge.
Yerrabingin are now leading the commercial design industry in delivering sustainable cultural native landscapes and defining Indigenous design narratives that enrich cultural place-making. They are also providing employment for Indigenous horticulturists through their landscape management and construction business at the South Eveleigh precinct.
Yerrabingin as human centred designers are leveraging outcomes that that are culturally, environmentally, economically and Socially sustainable, in a time when we need to include Indigenous wisdom in discussions to sustain our planet.
Christian Hampson is a proud Woiwurrung and Maneroo man and a strong advocate for community custodianship in protecting, sharing and celebrating the diverse culture of New South Wales. Christian has an extensive background in Cultural Heritage Management, with over 20 years experience leading the design and delivery of heritage programs in the public sector. With his interweaving Indigenous tacit knowledge and collaborative design thinking to walk a new path, away from conventional approaches, Yerrabingin has launched the world’s first Indigenous rooftop farm in 2019, located high above Sydney on the roof of Yerrabingin House in South Eveleigh with over 2,500 Australian native plants