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Author McGaw, Janet, author

Title Assembling the centre : architecture for indigenous cultures : Australia and beyond / Janet McGaw and Anoma Pieris
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2015
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Routledge research in architecture
Routledge research in architecture.
Contents Introduction : Cultural Centres, Identity, Assemblages -- Voices : Story, Writing Exchange -- Centre : Space, Politics, Typology -- Land : Belonging, Law, Rights -- Programme : Dreaming, Time-keeping, Becoming (by Emily Potter) -- (Im) materialities : Clearing, Erasure, Disguise -- Skin : (S)crypts, Inscriptions, Hide -- Conclusion : Re-Assembling the Indigenous Cultural Centre
Summary "This book, documents a range of Indigenous Cultural Centres across the globe and the processes that led to their development. It explores the possibilities for the social and political project of the Cultural Centre that architecture both inhibits and affords. Whose idea of architecture counts when designing Indigenous Cultural Centres? How does architectural history and contemporary practice territorialise spaces of Indigenous occupation? What is architecture for Indigenous cultures and how is it recognised? This ambitious and provocative study pursues a new architecture for colonised Indigenous cultures that takes the politics of recognition to its heart. It advocates an ethics of mutual engagement as a crucial condition for architectural projects that design across cultural difference. The book's structure, method, and arguments are dialogically assembled around narratives told by Indigenous people of their pursuit of public recognition, spatial justice, and architectural presence in settler dominated societies. Possibilities for decolonising architecture emerge through these accounts"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 26, 2014)
Subject Architects and community.
Architecture -- Philosophy.
Arts facilities -- Social aspects.
Cultural landscapes.
Indigenous peoples.
Form Electronic book
Author Pieris, Anoma, author
ISBN 1315746646
1317598954 (electronic bk.)
9781317598954 (electronic bk.)