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The 'Transition Translations': marginality, vagueness and egalitarianism as characteristics of an Australian architectural periodical

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Sawyer, Mark, The 'Transition Translations': marginality, vagueness and egalitarianism as characteristics of an Australian architectural periodical, The Site of Discourse: Thinking architecture through publication International Conference, 28-30 September, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 1-17. ISBN 978-989-99192-5-9 (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Published between 1979 and 2000, the Australian independent architectural magazine, Transition, was to a large degree concerned with the discussion of global theoretical developments and their appropriateness for Australian architecture. As a shared object, the magazine provided a space in which writers from varied backgrounds were able to work collaboratively despite differences in disciplinary specialisation or geographic location. This paper identifies three specific characteristics of the magazine which made it particularly effective in the translation of ideas into the context of Australian architecture: its qualities of marginality, vagueness, and egalitarianism. Data for the study was derived from content analysis of Transition as well as analysis of the magazine’s contributors. This data is interpreted with reference to the concept of the ‘boundary object’ drawn from Society and Technology Studies (STS) and is discussed to provide an account for the importance of Transition in the translation of ideas within the context of late 20th century Australian architecture.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Australian architecture, visual culture, boundary objects, magazines
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural History and Theory
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The Media
UTAS Author:Sawyer, Mark (Dr Mark Sawyer)
ID Code:138369
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2020-04-03
Last Modified:2020-04-07
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