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Is the migrant house in Australia an Australian vernacular architecture?
journal contributionposted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mirjana LozanovskaMirjana Lozanovska, I Levin, M Gantala
This report seeks to understand the meaning of the migrant house in Melbourne, Australia. Following a discussion of the Australian vernacular house, it asks what it is that makes the migrant house a unique category, different from other, nonmigrant houses in Australia. Reporting on research on seventeen migrant houses in the suburbs of Melbourne, it then shows how three architectural elements - the facade, the terrace, and the back yard - differentiate these houses from other examples of the Australian vernacular. Finally, it argues that, through their different "migrant aesthetics," the three architectural elements illustrate how soda-spatial features have facilitated and eased the adaptation of migrants to life in Australia.