Spaces in transition: globalisation, transnationalism and urban change in the Asia-Pacific

Japanese Room, Level 4, Melbourne School of Design

Spaces in transition: globalisation, transnationalism and urban change in the Asia-Pacific offers new innovative insights on architecture and urbanism in the Asia-Pacific region, using ‘global modernisms’ as a conceptual entry-point. The workshop engages with multiple historical processes such as decolonisation, indigenisation, urbanisation and globalisation and encourages critical reflection on the histories, pedagogies and practices of architecture in the Asia-Pacific. The proposed lines of critical inquiry are anchored in themes of urbanisation, governance, society and heritage and explore how interdisciplinary spatial theories and methodologies interrogate regional change. The workshop is framed as a forum for Australia-based scholarship on Southeast Asian and East Asian topics approached from an Inter-Asian perspective. A panel from CAMEA at the University of Adelaide will extend this focus towards other Asian regions. The event is organised with funding from the Strategic Initiative Fund at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. The initiative is headed by Anoma Pieris (UM), Duanfang Lu (USyd), and Cecilia Chu (HKU) under the umbrella of a nascent regional Society of Architectural Historians-Asia and is organised preceding and with a view to increasing regional participation in the SAHANZ conference. The group is mentored by Kate-Darian Smith under the ACAHUCH (Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage).

Read more about the broader Asia-Pacific program of events and the SAHANZ conference.