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A Climate of Confusion: The Significance of Climatic Adaptation in 19th Century Queensland Architecture

SA King, Stephen Loo (ed.), Katharine Bartsch (ed.)

Panorama to paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architectural and Urban History and Theory | Society of Architectural Historians | Published : 2007


The written histories of Queensland architecture build a case for a Climatically responsive architecture oriented to the exigencies of place. Predominantly derived from the consideration of domestic and vernacular traditions this ideal of climatic responsiveness is often positioned as a romantic expression of Queensland identity. However, climate rarely bears upon the determination of heritage significance in Queensland’s nineteenth century architecture. Even beyond the legislated criteria , for assessment, climatic responsiveness does not appear within an extensive range of thematic categories nominated by the Queensland Department of Cultural Heritage for the groupings of registered buildi..

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