Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

The Cultural Logic of Queensland Architecture: Place, Taste and Economy

Team: Project Timeframe: Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2011-13

CI2: Naomi Stead
Co-researcher Researcher: Deborah van der Plaat

This project is the first attempt to understand architecture as a matter of public policy in Queensland, comparing the present with the turn of the 20th Century. While there is currently no explicit state policy, a range of institutions enact implicit strategy by framing local architecture as equally site-specific and exportable, regionalist and cosmopolitan. Key ideas persist, about the influence of climate and the role of architecture as an art, but the meaning and values of these terms have dramatically changed. Tracing shifts between architecture understood as Creative Industry and as craft-based art, the project will examine the cultural logic of state attempts to train and govern a taste for architecture in Queensland.

Related Publications: 
  • Publications

    N. Stead, J. Macarthur and D. van der Plaat, ‘Building Flagships: Regionalism, place branding and architecture as image in the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane,’ in Savino & Troelenberg eds, Images of the Art Museum: Connecting Gaze and Discourse in the History of Museology, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2017.

    John Macarthur, Naomi Stead and Deborah van der Plaat, A Taste for Place? Architecture, Edification and Citizenship in Queensland, Public Lecture, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland Art Museum, September 20, 2012 

    Conference Proceedings

    Macarthur, John. "Architecture HEAT and the Government of Culture." In Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change, edited by Paul Hogben and Judith O'Callaghan, 366-77.

    Naomi Stead, Deborah van der Plaat and John Macarthur, ‘A Taste for Place: The Cultivation of an Audience for Climate-Responsive Architecture in Queensland’, Audience, 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, July 2011, Brisbane, CD Publication.


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