In today’s world, distance is collapsing. The battle between the local and the global is something that architects and designers continue to grapple with – in terms of sustainability, local identity, economy structures and architectural competitions. Simultaneously, there is a growing movement against the trend for clients to engage big-name firms from overseas – too often, the results are imposing structures that fail to fit with the local culture and conditions. Of course, exchange works both ways – so what happens when Australians work abroad? This special issue of Architecture Australia aims to describe the outcomes, in many and varied circumstances, of Australian architects working in other places.
The last time we focused a whole issue on the export of Australian architecture was September/October 2010. @_justineclark, editor at the time, attempted the challenging task of mapping Australian architecture across the world and concluded that “encounters across cultures and locations are most effective when they are understood as exchanges, or dialogues. It is never a one-way encounter, and the most productive work comes when we recognize this.” This observation remains valid today, and I would add that the most successful attempts at working internationally are by practices that embed themselves within the local community. This means establishing and sustaining a base in the place where the work is created and recruiting local architects.
Cover: Chapel and Meditation Room in Portugal by @studionicholasburns. 📷 @peterbbennetts
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