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Defining Cultural Sustainability in Multicultural Built Environments


Beynon, D, Defining Cultural Sustainability in Multicultural Built Environments, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, 6, (5) pp. 255-266. ISSN 1832-2077 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.18848/1832-2077/CGP/v06i05/54822


The Australian built environment is an arena where multicultural identity and difference are tangibly negotiated. What occurs on a daily basis in its cities is a complex series of negotiations between multiple communities, all of whom adapt their own cultures, as well as adopting elements from their surrounding environment. This paper investigates these issues by comparing the physical development within a contemporary Australian city with the social and cultural changes that have taken place in it. It asks the question. Whose culture should be sustained in this context, and on what basis? To what extent should the urban environment be reflecting of the changes, as much as the origins, of a relatively young settler society (notwithstanding the fact that its original inhabitants have a history that predates this settlement by thousands of years). More broadly, what constitutes cultural sustainability in a multicultural society, and how is, might, or should this be reflected in its built environment?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:architecture, Southeast Asia, built environments, cultural sustainability, identity, contemporary cultures
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Beynon, D (Associate Professor David Beynon)
ID Code:135407
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2019-10-17
Last Modified:2019-11-18

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