ARCHITECTURE AS CULTUR AL PR ACTICE: AUSTR ALIAN ARCHITECTS IN ASIA – TAASA Review June 2021
Amit Srivastava U ntil the mid-20th century, in a predominantly colonial world, Australiaâ€™s inherited alignment with the â€˜Westâ€™ stood at odds with its location in the Asia-Pacific.
In the context of the then emergent modernist architectural discourse focused on â€˜universalâ€™ principles of functionalist rationalism developed in Europe and America, any regional influences from Asia would have been seen as regressive. Today, this narrative has shifted.
Following the Australian Governmentâ€™s issue of a white paper titled â€˜Australia in the Asian Centuryâ€™ in 2012, there is greater recognition of Asiaâ€™s influence on Australia, and large Australian architecture companies like Hassell, Woods Bagot or Cox Architecture are engaging proactively with Asia...