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By Sarah Menin

This e-book is a innovative learn analyzing the attitudes to either nature and the equipped surroundings of the clothier, the customer and the society within which an intervention (be it structure, panorama layout or a section of artwork) is made. The legacy of the Modernist view of nature and the surroundings is additionally addressed, and the measure to which such principles proceed to impinge on modern interventions is classed.

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She undertakes this through an analysis of three contemporary Australian buildings: the Education Centre, Riversdale by Murcutt, Lewin and Lark (Fig. 18); the Ulura Kata-Tjuta Cultural Centre, near Alice Springs, by Gregory Burgess; and the new parliament building, Canberra by Mitchell, Giurgola and Thorp. Rab argues that these buildings can be demonstrated to be exactly rooted in place, time and society, due to their active reconstruction of history of an individual, a group and a nation. This demonstration of consideration for the specificity of context is examined in Michael Linzey’s essay ‘Making our place: The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa’.

A street in Barabazaar, Kolkata, India humankind really ‘dwelling’ in Heidegger’s terms, which leads to a sense of ‘homelessness’. This is then followed by a detailed examination of an example of both cultural and historical layering of identities in India. The environment that Martin Beattie examines in ‘Hybrid identities: “public” and “private” life in the courtyard houses of Barabazaar, Kolkata, India’ offers a rich example of the meeting of different cultures, the creation of new building typologies, and an intriguing reading of the resultant urban milieu that cannot be adequately represented from within the binary oppositions of East versus West, ‘them’ versus ‘us’.

Rab explores how the teaching of history in architecture tends to be conceived as an arena for imparting visual vocabulary of historical ‘styles’. Rab demonstrates how, by inducing the ability to reconstruct history in architecture, students of the profession are enabled to create buildings that are rooted in place, time and society. She undertakes this through an analysis of three contemporary Australian buildings: the Education Centre, Riversdale by Murcutt, Lewin and Lark (Fig. 18); the Ulura Kata-Tjuta Cultural Centre, near Alice Springs, by Gregory Burgess; and the new parliament building, Canberra by Mitchell, Giurgola and Thorp.

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