Migrant Houses in the village Zavoj, Republic of Macedonia, 1988-2010

Lozanovska, Mirjana 2010, Migrant Houses in the village Zavoj, Republic of Macedonia, 1988-2010 [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 the village Zavoj, Republic of Macedonia, 1988-2010
Creator(s) Lozanovska, MirjanaORCID iD for Lozanovska, Mirjana orcid.org/0000-0003-3342-5681
Date completed 2010
Material type jpeg
digital recordings
ANDS collection type dataset
Collection start date 1988
Collection end date 2010
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 250 items, 300MB and interview recordings
Keyword(s) transnational houses
vernacular architecture
transnational migration
Language eng
Summary The focus of this data is on the transformation of the village Zavoj in the Republic of Macedonia, due to emigration from the village, recorded through the architectural changes to the houses in the village. The village had become by default a place for the accommodation of elderly people who did not want to join their offspring abroad in the cities of immigration, or in the fringe suburbs of nearby towns.

The data documents the ‘material history’ of the houses, and constitutes a longitudinal research project tracing the transformation of the architectural fabric of the village since 1988. It includes visual documentation such as photographs and drawings, and includes the houses as HOUSE-STATES as follows:

House-Traditional: Vernacular architecture still in use and maintained as a dwelling.
House-Construction: Buildings that are still being constructed, the house as ongoing construction site.
House-Fragment: An eMigrant house-fragment is juxtaposed with the vernacular dwelling. Typical and affordable techniques of single brick cavity and reinforced concrete structure are evident in the new fragment.
House-Closed: Many new houses have only one door and one window, height, size and volume are minimal; and are closed a lot of the time.
House-Ruin: Vernacular traditional dwellings that are deteriorating. Traditional vernacular dwellings are rarely renovated, reconstructed or repaired.

The data is complemented by several field-work methods including participant observation, interviews, documentation of the village as a totality, recording of oral histories and myths, festivities, and archival statistical research about the vicinity.

This dataset comprises photographic documentation, sketch/drawing documentation, digital interview recordings, and interview notes.
General notes The dataset is organised in a single directory divided into subject directories. The subject directories are House-Traditional, House-Construction, House-Fragment, House-Closed, House-Ruin. The data was generated through fieldwork and interviews on site.
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
Copyright notice ©2010, Deakin University
Access conditions Access restrictions currently apply to the research data. Enquiries should be addressed via email to Dr Mirjana Lozanovska.
Related work DU:30029310
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041004

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