Museum, Gallery and Cultural Architecture in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region: Essays in Antipodean Identity

Museum, Gallery and Cultural Architecture in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region: Essays in Antipodean Identity

By: Steven D. Fleming (editor), Michael J. Ostwald (editor), Lindsay Johnson (preface_author)Hardback

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This collection of essays examines a number of major pieces of architecture constructed in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region, considering common traits and attempting to offer a hermeneutical framework for engaging Antipodean cultural architecture. This work should appeal to scholars interested in architectural studies, urban design, museology and cultural theory. In the years since the completion of Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House countries throughout the South Pacific have displayed a particular fascination with the possibility that architecture may be able to embody regional cultural identity. This book examines a number of major museums, art galleries and cultural centers that have been constructed in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific regions. The majority of these buildings, landscapes or structures have been completed in the last few years and all have employed different architectural strategies to shape their designs. This collection of nine critical essays by leading scholars of contemporary architecture provides an important survey and assessment of Antipodean cultural architecture. Emphasizing common traits, the introduction to the text asks how this phenomenon might be understood and why it may be relevant in different regions around the world. Acknowledging the pluralistic nature of Antipodean architecture, the conclusion offers an alternative hermeneutical framework, one that accepts the fragmentary nature of the contemporary cultural landscape.

About Author

Dr. Michael J. Ostwald is Professor and Dean of Architecture at The University of Newcastle, Australia. He is also a Visiting Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne and a Professorial Research Fellow at Victorian University Wellington in New Zealand. Dr. Steven Fleming lectures in the history and theory of architecture at The University of Newcastle, Australia. His scholarly publications cover a wide range of architectural concerns, including sacred architecture, the Neoplatonic tradition and the work of Louis I. Kahn.

Contents

Preface by Professor Lindsay Johnson; Acknowledgements; Geography, Culture and the Construction of Identity; An Architecture of Persuasion: The Rhetorical Structure of Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House; A Choral Work: The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; The WA Maritime Museum, the Swan Bell Tower and the Lure of the Sea; National Museum of Australia and the Australian Status Quo; Museological Landscapes, Mythological Lands: The Garden of Australian Dreams; The Eltham Library: Knowing and Doing in the Architecture of Gregory Burgess; From Critique to Orthodoxy, from National Gallery of Victoria (1968) to NGV International (2003); Federation Square: Untangling the Post-Completion Politics; Pacific Culture Centers and Antipodean Museums; Fractured Strata or Common Ground; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773453937
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780773453937
  • ISBN10: 0773453938

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