Observation & Negotiation at the Cultural Shoreline: Vietnam, Rasquachismo & an Architectural Practice by Archie Pizzini

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Abstract

This research results from my practices of photography and architecture in the rapidly changing cultural environment of Vietnam, a place where a local culture of localised systems of individual enterprise is being quickly displaced by a system of large multinational entities operating at global scale. I research in two ways: as a photographer observing and reflecting on the social and urban environment and as an architect negotiating responses to our design tasks and practice environment. The practices producing this research have highlighted three central issues: a culture supporting local systems of individual enterprises, an opportunistic approach to seeing and making, and my expanded role as a design professional.

2015

Examiners: Prof Colin Fournier, Dr Beth George   Supervisors: Professor Sand Helsel, Dr Graham Crist

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