Edge of centre: Australian cities and the public architecture of recent immigrant communities

Beynon, David 2016, Edge of centre: Australian cities and the public architecture of recent immigrant communities. In Lozanovska, Mirjana (ed), Ethno-architecture and the politics of migration, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.29-42, doi: 10.4324/9781315738130.

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Title Edge of centre: Australian cities and the public architecture of recent immigrant communities
Author(s) Beynon, DavidORCID iD for Beynon, David orcid.org/0000-0002-8715-7582
Title of book Ethno-architecture and the politics of migration
Editor(s) Lozanovska, MirjanaORCID iD for Lozanovska, Mirjana orcid.org/0000-0003-3342-5681
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 2
Total chapters 13
Start page 29
End page 42
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Keyword(s) Architecture and globalization
Summary In the late 1990s, the author undertook a survey of the public architecture of non-western immigrant communities in Melbourne (Beynon 2002). The survey was undertaken within a social context of rapid recent growth in non-Western immigration to Australian cities, coupled with a political context where at state and local level Australian governments were engaged in managing cultural diversity through multiculturalist policies. By the late 1990s, the number of overseas-born, or with overseas-born parentage, had become almost 40% of Australia's total population (Australian Bureau of Statistics 1998-89). Substantial numbers of such immigrants originated from outside the 'West'. Compared to other Australian cities, Melbourne had at the time of the survey the largest communities of certain birthplace groups: notably Sri Lankans, Malaysians, Turks and Somalis. The purpose of this survey was to see to what extent Melbourne's diversifying demography had changed its architectural landscape, and more broadly, what such changes in the built environment indicated about Melbourne's (and by extension Australia's) cultural identity.
ISBN 9781138828711
Language eng
DOI 10.4324/9781315738130
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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