Migrant housing in the city and the village : from Melbourne to Zavoj

Lozanovska, Mirjana 2009, Migrant housing in the city and the village : from Melbourne to Zavoj, Open house international, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 39-48.

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Title Migrant housing in the city and the village : from Melbourne to Zavoj
Author(s) Lozanovska, Mirjana
Journal name Open house international
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 39
End page 48
Total pages 10
Publisher Open House International Association
Place of publication Gateshead, England
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 0168-2601
Keyword(s) house
city
village
migrant return
community
Summary This paper will discuss the kinds of communities that evolve through historical practices of migration. The migrant house is associated with a new architecture that hod appeared in the cities of immigration of the new worlds (Melbourne, Toronto, Chicago). It is perceived as a stereotypical symbolisation of immigrants from Southern European origins that had arrived in the decades following the Second World War. The appearance of houses built by returning migrants in sites of origin suggests other traiectories, other modes of travel, and other forms of community. Central to the thesis of this paper is the testimony of two types of migrant houses. The study draws on theories of migration that address the site of departure, the site of arrival, and the question and conflict of return which is at the centre of the migrant's imaginary. This study will examine the migrant houses in the village of emigration (Zavoj in Macedonia), migrant houses built by returning emigrants. A study of the two houses of migration implicates a set of networks, forces, relations, circumscribing a large global geopolitical and cultural field that questions our understandings of diaspora, the binary structure of dwelling/travelling, and the fabric and fabrication of community. In addition, the paper will explore the notion of house as an imaginary landscape, a psychic geography narrated through migratory travels.
Language eng
Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029310

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