Introduction : making Indigenous place in the Australian city

Potter, Emily 2012, Introduction : making Indigenous place in the Australian city, Postcolonial studies, vol. 15, no. 2, Special Issue : Making Indigenous place in the Australian city, pp. 131-142.

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Title Introduction : making Indigenous place in the Australian city
Author(s) Potter, Emily
Journal name Postcolonial studies
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue : Making Indigenous place in the Australian city
Start page 131
End page 142
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 1368-8790
1466-1888
Keyword(s) postcolonial place-making
cities
Indigenous design
Summary This introductory essay situates this special issue's concerns in the context of Indigenous cultural centre design in settler-colonial Australia. Given the very small number of Indigenous architects in Australia, architectural facilities for Indigenous communities are routinely designed by non-indigenous architects. The implications of this are significant. Given the often complex social, historical and political ambitions that are invested in the construction of Indigenous cultural centres, and their frequent intention to represent a broad Indigenous constituency, can non-indigenous architectural and spatial practice ever realize these? As a way into this question, the essay surveys postcolonial and architectural scholarship that explores the spatialization of setter-colonial politics and the distinct place-making traditions of Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. The making of place in the Australian city is an ongoing force of conflict, assertion, exclusion and forgetting, but it is also central to the realization of a possible post-colonial state in which no one ‘centre’ can ever stabilize and resolve questions of legitimacy and power. Instead, such a centre might hold these questions in tension and as questions in common, which would mean a new foundation for the making of place.
Language eng
Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Routledge
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