Migrant houses in Northcote, Melbourne, Australia, 1950‐1975

Lozanovska, Mirjana and Gantala, Victoria 2009, Migrant houses in Northcote, Melbourne, Australia, 1950‐1975 [data collection], Migration + Architecture.

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Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
120102 Architectural Heritage and Conservation
200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Name of data collection Migrant houses in Northcote, Melbourne, Australia, 1950‐1975
Creator(s) Lozanovska, MirjanaORCID iD for Lozanovska, Mirjana orcid.org/0000-0003-3342-5681
Gantala, Victoria
Date completed 2009
Material type jpeg
digital recordings
ANDS collection type collection
Collection start date 2009
Collection end date 2009
Project name Migration + Architecture
Project Description This project examines the interface between migration and architecture, giving emphasis to architecture as cultural product and cultural production. It focuses on the architecture of migrants and their communities, and on the work of migrant architects, adding critical content to a recent surge of scholarship that is examining the transformation of places. It looks both to the cities where migrants have resettled and to the places that migrants have departed from. In this project, the immigrant city and the emigrant village are two points of the migrant trajectory, and references for the real and imaginary travel and the psychic landscape of migrants.
How migrants adapt existing architecture as well as construct new architecture forms the lens through which questions about identity, culture, history and representation are explored and examined. We are conducting a longitudinal study that started in 1988. In addition to other places it has focused on empirical work in Melbourne, Australia and the village Zavoj, in the Republic of Macedonia. (See Lozanovska 1997, 2004, 2011.) Narratives of globalization often omit the actual physicality of place that accompanies global cities (Sassen 2007). The cultural diversity accompanying this history of migration has been a serious challenge to the identities of immigrant-receiving cities and nations (Castles & Miller 2003; Holtug et al 2009; Hage 2003; Chambers 2009; Logan 2002), challenging frameworks about cultural heritage, social space and housing. Conversely, villages have been emptied of people and transformed through the return practices of migrants.
Description of resource 390MB (including 500‐700 items) and interview recordings
Keyword(s) houses
migrant architecture
Northcote, Victoria
cultural diversity
built environment
Language eng
Summary The data collection contains documentation of migrant houses in Northcote, Melbourne. It includes photographic documentation of the houses, interviews with the inhabitants, and drawings/sketches of the houses.

The focus of the research is on houses that were built between 1950 and 1975. These houses are themselves a product of the construction skills and processes of post-war immigrants and the waves of 1960s immigrants into Australia from Southern European countries. Typically, these houses are brick veneer and have a strict sense of order and endurance about their design and image of the facade. A series of outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces produce a complexity of inside-outside relations and make possible different lifestyles.

Stories of the migrant house suggest it is an example of what might be called an ‘eco-object’, an object through which ecological practices are interwoven with social and cultural orientations. The houses are also aesthetic artefacts that present a public image through their facades. The project has documented the ‘material history’ of the houses. It illustrates the significance of particular elements/processes including: the terrace, new nature (in the front garden and back vegetable garden), summer kitchen, ongoing construction and storage space.
General notes Data was collected via fieldwork and interviews. Data is organized in a single directory divided into subject directories. The sub‐directories are organised according to streets, then individual houses.
Contact details (email) mirjana.lozanovska@deakin.edu.au
Contact details (physical) School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia
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