Fuse Talk: Diversity in Architecture


How can architects accommodate cultural diversity to produce cosmopolitan and dynamic urban environments?

We live in a vibrant, multicultural country. In addition to being home to the world’s oldest cultures, Australians identify with more than 270 different ethnicities. In the past seven decades, almost seven million people have immigrated to Australia. The richness of our cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets. Our Australian identity is rooted in it.

People from diverse backgrounds and cultures contribute uniquely interesting qualities to Australian built environments, and this should not only be understood but also celebrated, as they continue to contribute to the development of Australian urban culture. We believe that incorporating the needs of diverse cultures will make our cities and architecture more welcoming, dynamic, cosmopolitan, and equitable. As we discuss the possibilities for creating an inclusive home for all Australians, join us online and our guest presenters Dr Kelum Palipane, Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne and James Wilson, Director at Lyons Architects.

Fuse Architects acknowledges the First Nations peoples, the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, as the Traditional Custodians of the diverse lands where we live, work, and create. We admire their deep and enduring connections to the land, sea, and community. We are committed to meaningful dialogue, as we work together to honour the past and shape a harmonious future. We pay our respects to the wisdom of their Elders, past, present, and emerging.

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