Frederick Romberg + critical regionalism

Kelder, Joel (2005). Frederick Romberg + critical regionalism Honours Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

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Author Kelder, Joel
Thesis Title Frederick Romberg + critical regionalism
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Brit Andresen
Total pages 54
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract

The theory of Critical Regionalism1 has clarified significant issues concerning modernity, tradition, cultural identity and place. Since the emergence of the term in the 1980s it has proliferated with the help of leading theorists such as Kenneth Frampton to profoundly affect the practice of architecture. The term is now well known and widely used to describe a recent type of architecture that engages with its particular geographical and cultural circumstances in considered and subtle ways (Eggener 2002:228). The dissertation uses the established framework of Critical Regionalism as a lens through which to analyse the architecture of Frederick Romberg (1913-1992) with the intention of determining to what extent his architecture is place related. Romberg’s deliberately cautious and critical stance towards modern architecture in the Australian context is high-lighted; demonstrating that Romberg did not unthinkingly adopt an overseas fashion but instead produced architecture that while advocating the modern legacy possessed distinct Australian qualities.


1 For reasons of clarity and consistency capital letters will be used throughout the dissertation at the beginning of theoretical terms such as Critical Regionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism.  

Keyword Critical Regionalism
Frederick Romberg --- Architecture

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