"Brutalist building going cheap": on the architectural and organizational futures of the Australian "gumtree" university

de la Fuente, Eduardo, and Murphy, Peter (2015) "Brutalist building going cheap": on the architectural and organizational futures of the Australian "gumtree" university. In: [Presented at 5th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) Workshop]. From: OAP 2015: 5th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices Workshop, 7-8 December 2015, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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[Extract] The Australian higher education system – like comparable systems (e.g., the United Kingdom) – is stratified according to architectural and landscape materialities. The elite universities are termed 'sandstone' and rely on a combination of original Gothic architecture and manicured lawns and sporting fields; while the second - tier postwar suburban campuses originated in a wave of modernist architecture and landscaping employing native vegetation. It is the latter's landscaping, as well as their location on the urban fringes of Australian cities, that gave rise to the moniker the 'gumtree' university.

Item ID: 40552
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: university architecture; Australian universities; sandstone; modernist architecture; gumtree university; suburbs; academia; post-industrial
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 23:52
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 50%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1201 Architecture > 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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