The Space for a New Architectural Knowledge?

Ayman Alanssary1

1School Of Architecture, University Of Queensland, , Australia

During the twentieth century, the notion of space evolved and became part of the modern architectural discourse. With rapid expansions of cities and settlements at this point in history, the modern discipline of architecture percolated both East and West. In Asia, multiple Schools of Architecture, built primarily based on the models of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Bauhaus, played a major role in transferring the modern culture of architecture to diverse parts of the continent. The industrialisation and technology of our modern times, in addition to the timeless flow of people and cultural exchanges, has played an instrumental role in the development of knowledge and thinking about the constructs of space and place. Due to the expansive geographies and diverse civilisations of Asia, the notions of space and place within its systems of knowledge are rich and yet to be completely cultivated. Within this framework, this paper is concerned with how the notions of space and place, with insights specifically from Asia and the Arab world, could create a new knowledge to be employed within architectural discourse and design education. It questions how this knowledge would be aligned, and how it would incorporate diverse cultural frameworks.


Ayman Alanssary is pursuing a PhD in architecture at the University of Queensland. He completed a Masters degree in the urban public realm design (urban interior design) at Politecnico di Milano and the Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid. He received a BArch from the Arab International University in Damascus (Syria).


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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