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Tradition as past is a modernist idea

Beynon, David 2003, Tradition as past is a modernist idea, in 20th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand., Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 27-31.

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Title Tradition as past is a modernist idea
Author(s) Beynon, David
Conference name Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Conference (20th : 2003 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 2-5 Oct. 2003
Title of proceedings 20th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.
Editor(s) Gusheh, Maryam
Stead, Naomi.
Publication date 2003
Conference series Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Conference
Start page 27
End page 31
Publisher Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary As outlined in the theme of this conference, the problematisation of the notion of 'progress' relates to a questioning of the West's teleological aspirations for the future. This critique has allowed for the presence of a multiplicity of ways of perceiving the world, including those from outside the West's intellectual tradition. However, within architectural discourse, conceptual plurality has been largely limited to movements such as critical regionalism or postmodernism, which have tended to question the direction or desirability of progress, rather than its fundamental nature.

This paper looks at an example of recent architecture by an Asian diasporic community in Melbourne. This is a building that appears to be 'traditional' in style, in other words atavistic and antithetical to 'progressive' architectural ideals. However, looking at it through different philosophical understandings of duration can provide us with alternative interpretations to these assumptions.

By this I am not referring to disillusionment with progress, as expressed through postmodernist and neo-traditionalist movements in the West, but ways in which looking at the 'traditional' architectures of non-Western cultures from their own philosophical positions might provide alternative definitions pf the idea of 'progress'. The increasing presence of non-western 'traditional' architecture in the West implies that West modernity might not be the only 'tradition' that has a viable future. Consequently, the idea of 'the future' as something to aspire to, might be the outcome of a particular dominant historicity rather than a universal condition.
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ISBN 1864875747
9781864875744
Language eng
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005106

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