Exhibition / Australian Architects in Asia, 1950s-80s

Fusion of Horizons: Australian Architects in Asia, 1950s-80s

Fusion of Horizons is the story of five pioneering architects from Australia who travelled throughout Asia in the post-war years and fundamentally contributed to the architecture and design of the continent.

These figures existed at the centre of an array of intellectual, professional, and business networks, and their architectural work collectively defined an aesthetic now readily identified with Asia.

The exhibition incorporates a range of objects and images from private archives located across three continents to present a narrative tapestry of intersecting encounters and professional pursuits. Private letters, diary entries, ethnographic research and documentation contribute to the story of this fusion of horizons, culminating in an array of spectacular architectural drawings and models that convey shared approaches to materiality and tectonics decades in the making.

Framed by the unique socio-political context of post-colonial Asia, the exhibit will map for the viewer the various pilgrimage, recreational travel, ethnographic, and migratory routes of these individuals in an effort to show how travel inspired the evolution of an array of architectural styles commonly identified with Asia, and found in tourist hotels and infrastructure from Bali to Beijing.

Viewers will learn how the personal subjectivities, professional inclinations, and leisurely pursuits of these figures and their own respective engagements with Asia’s “otherness” contributed to the history of internationally recognized, exoticized architectural depictions of the continent.

Event details

Tin Sheds Gallery
The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
148 City Road, Darlington
Dates: 11 July – 7 September 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 5 pm, Open Saturday 13 July, 9am – 5pm
Opening: Saturday 13 July, 3:30 – 5pm


Art Atrium
Centre for Asian and Middle-Eastern Architecture
The University of Adelaide
The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture
Vastav Group

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