Exposing an Australian Regional Vernacular, or, Architectural Agrarianism
Agrophilia is a neologism of the combining forms Agro- (from agriculture) and philia (denoting fondness for a specified thing). In this practice-as-research investigation agrophilia is to mean: a specific architectural and informational morphological similitude to the agrarian; a visible aspiration for the design of horizontal space and a subsequent abandonment of vertical information systems. Through the medium of the artist’s book (e-book), new photographic images are placed side by side with text to provide an ongoing investigation into the similarities and differences between the rural locality and the urban, and the proposed impact of the agrarian in urban re-development as an aesthetic decision born from European cultural expectations of landscape.
The research is specifically site-located within the Riverina, particularly that of the Wagga Wagga, Coolamon and Junee Shires yet echoes a larger Australian vernacular through its argument for a shared (predominantly white colonial) landscape that is at all occasions both a test case for domestic familiarity and residual feelings towards the landscape as frontier.