Built for the bush: the green architecture of rural Australia
Permanent Camping (detail), Mudgee, Casey Brown Architecture, Photograph © Penny Clay 2008
Built for the Bush explores some of the energy efficient features of Australia’s 19th century country homes and the reappearance of many of these traditional practices in contemporary green architecture.
For Australia’s rural settlers the creation of simple, energy efficient homes was a matter of situational necessity with their limited access to materials, skills and resources. Today, architects recognize the conservation of energy as a global imperative and are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the creation and maintenance of modern housing.
In this new light the low-energy solutions of the 19th century rural house are being reappraised: the environmental suitability of traditional building materials has been recognised; water is again being treated like a precious commodity and passive shade, ventilation and heating strategies are once more being utilized to condition the air.
Shear Outback Museum, Hay | 20 November 2009 – 27 January 2010
Albury City Library Museum | 12 February – 4 April 2010
Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga | 10 April – 18 July 2010
Temora Historical Society | 24 July – 14 September 2010
Pioneer Park , Griffith | 24 September – 28 November 2010
Lady Denman Museum, Huskisson | 11 December 2010 – 27 March 2011
Liverpool Regional Museum | 2 April – 12 May 2011
National Archives of Australia | 3 June – 11 September 2011
Eden Killer Whale Museum | 16 September 2011 – 13 February 2012
Deniliquin Visitors Centre | 18 February – 15 April 2012
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo | 21 July – 28 October 2012
Orange Regional Gallery | 8 February – 10 March 2013
Tamworth Council Chambers | 15 April – 17 May 2013
Gunnedah Creative Arts Centre | 25 May – 7 July 2013
Muswellbrook Arts Centre | 12 July – 22 Sept 2013
An exhibition from the NSW State Cultural Institutions
The NSW Architects Registration Board registers architects; protects consumers of architectural services; accredits architectural qualifications; and promotes an understanding of architectural issues in the community.
The Built for the Bush: Green Architecture of rural Australia DVD is available for purchase on our HHT Shop website (Free postage within Australia).