“Our Cinderella North” – The Modern Diaspora’s long reach into Australia’s tropical zones

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https://doi.org/10.52200/63.A.9ECAUPWN

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Modernism in tropical in Australia is testimony to the tenacity and optimism of individuals and communities in the vast, “empty north” of the continent, but also reflects a young nation’s strategic and commercial need to develop and make viable this region in the years following WWII. As practitioners, academics and public servants, the Modern Diaspora, introduced and promoted Modernism as a climate responsive solution to building in the tropics. The result is work that is inventive, frequently of modest material means and expressive of its tropical circumstances.

How to Cite

Musgrave, E. (2021). “Our Cinderella North” – The Modern Diaspora’s long reach into Australia’s tropical zones. Docomomo Journal, (63), 40–47. https://doi.org/10.52200/63.A.9ECAUPWN

Published

2021-08-31

Author Biography

Elizabeth Musgrave, University of Queensland

(Australia, 1962) Architect, B Arch (Hons 1) The University of Queensland, PhD The University of Melbourne and Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland where her research interests focus on mid-century Modern architecture in SE Queensland. In December 2019 she co-convened Urban Tropicality, the 7th iNTA in Brisbane.

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