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Romaldo Giurgola and the ‘Other’ Tradition of Modernism

PhD project by Stephen Schrapel Until the announcement of the winning Mitchell/Giurgola competition entry for the Federal Parliament in June 1980, Aldo Giurgola, the lead designer, was a relatively unknown identity in Australia and knew little of the country. Over the intervening eight years until the completion of the Parliament in 1988, a transformation took place […]

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The Invisible Privatisation of Civic Space: Implications for Landscape Architects

PhD project by Janell Arbon The line between private and public space has altered in the context of the city due to commercialisation and urban regeneration. This shift from clearly identifiable ‘public’ spaces to those of an ambiguous nature can have a negative impact on how users perceive and imagine their surroundings. Thus broad assessments […]

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Form-Patterns and the Work of Troppo Architects

PhD project by Jessica Hsiao-Li Huang  Jessica’s research investigates how the work of the award-winning Australian firm of Troppo Architects over three decades from the 1980s demonstrates relationships between the form patterns they use and regional social-cultural, institutional, and environmental contexts. The research material includes interviews with founders and associated stakeholders, original drawings and other documents, […]

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Geometry, Spirituality, and Symbolism: A Study in lslamic Art and Architecture

PhD project by Mhlea Mania Capruta This research investigates the symbolic and spiritual aspects of Islamic art and architecture. Its main aim is to introduce a renewed understanding of Islamic geometry by interpreting selected Sufi notions concerning being and manifestations from a Heideggerian hermeneutical perspective. It constructs its interpretation against a historical reading of the […]

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Sustainable Water Management: Learning from Indigenous Communities

PhD project by Dr Namrata P. Joshi-Vishwasrao Namrata’s thesis, Sustainable Water Management: Learning from Indigenous Communities in India focuses on co- management systems, institutional structures and Indigenous knowledge. This study involved comprehensive research on international policies regarding managing water in an ecologically sustainable manner by adopting a co-management approach, engaging Indigenous people and their traditional […]

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