What if? What next? Speculations on History’s Futures

November 18 to November 25, 2020

The 37th Annual SAHANZ Conference, 18-25 November 2020 in Perth, Australia, and online.

Hosted by the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, School of Design, the University of Western Australia and convened by Kate Hislop and Hannah Lewi.


Challenges to the transmission of historical knowledge in architectural education today highlight a potential shift in expertise that may ultimately impact upon the production of architecture, as well as a broader understanding of the built environment, which warrants interrogating. At the same time, increasing appetite for the preservation and repurposing of built fabric feeds a growing heritage sector (and associated tourism industry) that offers opportunity for architectural history’s contribution insofar as its basis in inquiry informs knowledge, interpretation and evaluation of buildings and places. The 2020 SAHANZ Conference called for broad consideration of the prospects for architectural history in relation to the endurance and/or transformation of architecture as a discipline and profession.

Image courtesy of Hannah Lewi


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  • Abooali, Sareh, Images as Historical Sources: Analysing Persian Miniature Paintings as Documentations of Architectural History LINK
  • Burgess, Anne, Re-visioning and Re-framing Architectural Knowledge: From Imperial Foundations to Shifting Ground LINK
  • Chapman, Michael ; Matthews, Leonie, The Archive of Power: Drawings and Wangi Power Station LINK
  • Charitonidou, Marianna, Urban Commons as a Bridge between the Spatial and the Social: Pro-poor Housing Programmes in Addis Ababa and Commoning Practices LINK
  • Charitonidou, Marianna, Autopia as a New Episteme and New Theoretical Frameworks: The Car-oriented Perception of the City LINK
  • Chatterjee, Ishita; Shafique, Tanzil, The Denial of the Ordinary LINK
  • Chen, Xiaohan; Dong, Yiping; Carlin, Peta, ‘Applicability, Economy and Attention to Beauty with Limitations’: The Origin and Value of a 1950s Chinese Architectural Design Strategic Guideline LINK
  • Clarke, Amy, The City that Lost its Soul: World Heritage, Development, and Contemporary Architectural Design in Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns LINK
  • de la Vega de León, Macarena, SAHANZ: The Last 15 Years, 2004-2019 LINK
  • Etherington, Nathan, The Lands Building, Sydney: Architecture as Instrument in the Colonial Project LINK
  • Fayyaz, Maryam, Sequencing Square: A Study of Patterns in the Plan Drawings of Peter Muller LINK
  • Frichot, Hélène, The Stories We Tell: Damaged Environment-Worlds and Speculative Gestures LINK
  • Frichot, Hélène, The Stories We Tell: Damaged Environment-Worlds and Speculative Gestures LINK
  • Fucelli, Chiara, Memory as a Matter to Reveal and Compose in the Existing: Three Adaptive Reuse Strategies LINK
  • Gatley, Julia, Vertical Living in the 1910s: New Zealand’s First Purpose-built Blocks of Flats LINK
  • George, Beth; Farrah, Sally, Theoretical Iterations of Paraline Projection from Ivan Leonidov, O. M. Ungers, and OMA LINK
  • Goad, Philip; Pert, Alan; Walker, Paul, The Growing House and the Paradox of Preservation LINK
  • Gohari, Anoosheh; Ignatieva, Maria; Westbrook, Nigel, The Fragmentation of Urban Structure in Relation to Memory and Nostalgia, Tajrish, Tehran LINK
  • Greene, Brent; Johnson, Fiona, Millennial Urban Park Design in Melbourne and Wellington: How Divergent Colonial Foundations within the Trans-Tasman Bubble Impact Landscape Practice LINK
  • Gusheh, Maryam; Murphy, Catherine, History in Action: Practice-based Doctoral Research at Monash Architecture LINK
  • Hartoonian, Gevork, Mies Contra Corb: Whatever Happened to the Frame? LINK
  • Hogben, Paul, Unlocking Newcastle’s Modernist Domestic Architecture LINK
  • Javid, Ali, From French Atelier to Italian Studio: The Impact of Italian Pedagogy and Archaeology on Architectural Pedagogy Revolution in Iran LINK
  • Ji, Nancy; Ertl, John , Between archaeology and architecture: The Jomon in the works of Fujimori Terunobu LINK
  • Jones, Lloyd; Varghese, Annalise, Lifting the Veil: Examining the Proposed New Performing Arts Venue for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre LINK
  • Kaji O’Grady, Sandra, Multispecies Workplaces LINK
  • Lonergan, Hamish, ‘Crackpot’ and ‘Dangerous’: On the Authenticity of Miesian Reproductions LINK
  • Mallia, Justin, Contradiction and Synthesis in Italian Fascist Architecture LINK
  • Marcello, Flavia; de Kruiff, Alison; Paay, Jeni, ‘Triennale Virtuale’: New Modes of Architectural History Through VR Experiences of Ephemeral Architecture LINK
  • McCormack, Craig, The Depiction of the Body in Microgravity: Projecting a Physiognomy of Space LINK
  • McGaw, Janet; Vance, Alasdair; Aunty Margaret Gardiner; Uncle Gary Murray; Aunty Esther Kirby; Hunter, Sue-Anne; Rayner, Moira ; White, Selena; Mongta, Sharon, (Not) Royal Park: Recovering the Enduring Importance of a Kulin Nations Gathering Place for Culture, Health, Wellbeing and Healing LINK
  • Mindrup, Matthew, Prolegomena to an Art of Forgetting in Architecture LINK
  • Mitchelhill, Jennifer; Lewi, Hannah; Logan, Cameron, Adaptive Histories: The Role of Architectural Historians in Urban Redevelopment Outcomes LINK
  • Mozaffari, Ali; Westbrook, Nigel, Excavating the Past: The Ferdowsi Monument by Houshang Seyhoun LINK
  • Murray, Andrew , What to Do with ‘Thirty Blow-Ins’ at a Housewarming Party: Peripheral Figures and Architectural History LINK
  • Nurjanti, Huda; Martokusumo, Widjaja; Faisal, Budi; Poetry, Feysa; Nadia, Nathania, Ulin as a Distinctive Character of Kalimantan’s Cultural Landscape: Using Cultural Landscape as Means of Cultural and Ecological Preservation LINK
  • O’Rourke, Timothy; Wei Win, Loy, Architecture as Indigenous Heritage: Extant and Virtual Dormitories in Cherbourg LINK
  • Pini, Gail, Can’t one be both? Gathering the divided bodies of Luis Barragán LINK
  • Rad Yousefnia, Ali, One History and Two Narrations: Contrasting Safavid and Ottoman Histories of Tabriz and Azerbaijan Region LINK
  • Raxworthy, Julian, A Landscape of Fluctuating Boundaries: A Case Study in the Influence of Geomorphology on Urban Morphology LINK
  • Richards, Dominika, Small in Size, Big on Ambition: The Response of the Architectural Profession to the Post-War Housing Crisis in Queensland (1945-55) and its Impact on Domestic Design LINK
  • Rodeš, Sanja, Image, Fashion and Architecture: The Case of Prada LINK
  • Roland, Stephanie; Stevens, Quentin; Simon, Katrina, Segregation and Memory: Windhoek’s Spatial Evolution as the Capital of Namibia LINK
  • Roudavski, Stanislav; Davis, Ashley, Respect for Old Age and Dignity in Death: The Case of Urban Trees LINK
  • Rousset, Isabel, The Science of the Superblock: Rudolf Eberstadt’s Image for Greater Berlin, c.1910 LINK
  • Saeedi, Azin, The Architectural and Urban Legacies of Rezah Shah: Towards Amassed Shi’i Mausoleums in Current Shiraz LINK
  • Saha, Lipon; Nicholls, Ron; Sivam, Alpana; Sinclair, Karen; Karuppannan, Sadasivam; Atkinson, Stephen, Reconciling Australian Aboriginal Architecture: A Built-Unbuilt Dilemma of the Anthropocene LINK
  • Schnoor, Christoph, The House as Domestic Clinic LINK
  • Shaweesh, Maram, The Future of Mainstream Australian Housing: Insights into Multigenerational Living of Australia’s Lebanese Community LINK
  • Shroff, Meherzad B.; Worrall, Julian, Building Upon: A Designer’s Approach to Adaptive Reuse LINK
  • Skinner, Robin, Antipodes to Sydenham: Showcasing New Zealand at the Festival of Empire LINK
  • Strazzeri, Vittoria, Historical and Geographical Contextualisation of Rammed Earth Architecture LINK
  • Sully, Nicole, Urban Planning After JFK: Re-planning the ‘City of Hate’ LINK
  • Tavakoli, Hamed, Spatial Liminality as a Framework for Evaluating Revitalisation Programs in Historic Iranian Cities: The Case of the Imam-Ali Project in Isfahan LINK
  • Telford; Elsie ; Kidd, Akari N.; de Jong, Ursula; Jones, David, What If … Historical Knowledge of Cultural Landscapes and its Associated Narratives Offered an Opportunity for Cultivating a ‘Sense of Australianness’ in the 1960s-2000s? A Case Study of Hanging Rock, Victoria LINK
  • Thompson, James, Advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Architectural History LINK
  • Trimboli, Domenic, Interpretive Urban Cemeteries: Urban Cemeteries Reinterpreted LINK
  • Walker, Paul; Townsend, Catherine, Australia’s Home: An Alternative Narrative. Robin Boyd’s Writing on Flats and Medium Density Housing LINK
  • Wang, Kai, Localizing a Concept: The History of the Term ‘Architecture’ (Jianzhu) in China LINK
  • Wang, Ying, The Translation of Architectural Theories in 1980s China LINK
  • Webster, Dillon; Day, Kirsten; Raisbeck, Peter , Day in the Age: A Critical Observation of Architecture LINK
  • Woods, Scott, The Problem with Resolution: Colin Rowe’s Oppositional Urbanism LINK