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Addressing Cultural, Social and Environmental Sustainability in Architecture. The Approach of Five Contemporary Australian Architects

Quattrone, G. (2007). Addressing Cultural, Social and Environmental Sustainability in Architecture. The Approach of Five Contemporary Australian Architects. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. Volume 1, Issue 3.

Abstract

Regionalist architecture offers a promising and conscientious response to the present scenario of growing trend toward cultural, social and technical globalization. It has a great potential to preserve local cultural identities, despite the spread of global culture, to define possible relationships between construction and natural, cultural, political, economic and social factors, to combine traditional approaches and technical skills creatively and to suggest a new role for designers, as active subjects in dialogue with the manufacturing sector. An exemplary regionalist approach to contemporary architecture is given by a niche of Australian architects sensitive to the relation between communities and technical skills, dwelling patterns and building techniques, who tend to reduce the environmental load of construction through the use of local resources, who adopt community design processes and combine tradition with creative innovation. Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury, Gregory Burgess and Troppo Architects, who, learning from Aboriginal people’s sacred respect for the land, balance the tension between global needs and local expressions, by listening to people and place, preserving traditional lifestyle preferences and combining new technologies with historic building types.

Keywords

  • Regionalist architecture
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Creative innovation
  • Tradition
  • Social behaviours
Author(s)Giamila Quattrone
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
SubjectArchitectural Regionalism
Area coveredAustralia
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing
Publication date2007
TypeJournal Paper
Pages39-51
ISSN1833-1874