Built Form and Culture: Italian Transnational Houses in AustraliaFurlan R* and Faggion L
College of Engineering, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University, State of Qatar
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- Furlan R
College of Engineering
Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
Qatar University, State of Qatar
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Received Date March 26, 2016; Accepted Date April 22, 2016; Published Date April 28, 2016
Citation: Furlan R, Faggion L (2016) Built Form and Culture: Italian Transnational Houses in Australia. Arts Social Sci J 7:178. doi:10.4172/2151-6200.1000178
Copyright: © 2016 Furlan R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Accordingly to Wagner, “Dwellings stand as the concrete expressions of a complex interaction among cultural skills and norms, climatic conditions and the potentialities of natural materials”. This study, beginning with an enquiry into the way trans-national houses are the physical expression of interacting cultural factors, provides a theoretical framework grounded on cross-cultural studies for understanding the way cultural needs have influenced the form of the archetypal post WWII ‘house on a quarter-acre block’ built in Brisbane by Italian migrants.
The findings reveal that while the architectural form of the Italian Trans-national houses built in Brisbane is influenced by the need to continue architectural cultural traditions in the host country, the spatial distribution of the artifact was influenced by socio-cultural factors and urban fabric, from both the native and hosting built environment, in the attempt of re-establishing and enhancing the native way of life.