SAF12 Talk - Ethnicity: Exploring Diversity in the Suburbs of Globalised Sydney

By Architecture Insights

Oct. 31, 2012

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Austral Bricks Design Studio, Ground Floor, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney

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The University of New South Wales will run their hugely successful Lunchtime Lectures at Austral Bricks Design Studio.  The third talk in this series will be presented by Dr Dijana Alic titled "Ethnicity:  Exploring Diversity in the Suburbs of Globalised Sydney".

Metropolitan Sydney is home to diverse range of immigrants who, over time, have built their clubs, religious buildings and other structures in order to facilitate community gathering, interaction and celebration.  This talk explores the complex relationship between immigrant groups and the architecture of ethnic community buildings. It considers such cultural buildings as important mediators between immigrant groups and their cultures of origin, and the identities of their new country. The discussion reflects on the experience of final year architecture students of UNSW as they have explored the capacity of urban and architectural form to engage with the creation and expression of diverse national and ethnic identities within the global city. This capacity of cultural buildings to represent specific identities, be they ethnic or religious, is considered in relation to the contrasting but widely promoted assumption that modern and contemporary architectural form ought to be a representation of globalization and/or global and world capital.

Dr Dijana Alicis a senior lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the UNSW . Her research interests focus on the relationship between modernity and national expression in architecture. In her teaching Dijana draws inspiration as well as theoretical understanding from her research and aims to enhance the links between architectural design and broader socio-political contexts. Dijana has published in significant international journals such as the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), Open House International and Centropa.


Free, booking required