The Tuvalu 7Cs group (pronounced Seven Seas) has formed around the issue
of forced migration caused by climate change, social dislocation and population
pressure. We aim to put forward ethical, system-based sustainable solutions
to impending global problems and welcome collaboration with like-minded
individuals and groups.
On 27 June
2009, the 7Cs group and QUT staff & students presented the Fale Matagi
building to the local Brisbane Tuvalu community as part of the Noosa Gallery's
biennial Floating Land Event.
The Fale Matagi was gifted to the Tuvaluan community
as gesture of goodwill between Australia and Tuvalu. It aims to celebrate
Tuvaluan culture and showcase positive solutions to global problems. It
was constructed from bamboo, to help raise the profile of future sustainable
building materials. Fale Matagi means breeze building in Tuvaluan language.
Ben Kofe is a Tuvaluan straddling two cultures. He is
a leader amongst his own community and currently works in architecture
in Brisbane, Australia.
Murray Lane studied arcthitecture with Ben Kofe at QUT,
Brisbane. He has a strong interest in low-tech, low-impact architectural
and urban design solutions and is currently working on his PhD developing
models in the assessment of regional population carrying capacity.
Neil Davidson is a trans-disciplinary systems-thinker
aiming to create sustainable, legacy outcomes and resilient, intentional
communities by facilitating emergence and collaboration within a global
‘do no harm’ ethic.
Richard Mochelle’s early career in architecture
segued into environmental design education, then futures education, then
moral and political philosophy. Since completing his doctoral thesis on
global responsibility and constitutionalism, he has been exploring the
system design implications for education, economics, governance and rural/urban
planning. In 2005 he initiated an ethics-based program at QUT to stimulate
architecture students to develop ethically-oriented design projects in
response to global problems. Both Ben Kofe and Murray Lane were students
participating in this program.