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Misplaced Identities: Cultural and Environmental Sources of Heritage for the 'Settler Society' along the Swan River, Perth, Australia

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On the far southwestern coast of Australia, efforts aimed at enhancing the aesthetic appeal of Perth's most notable topographic feature, the Swan River, have coincided with growing unease over its vulnerability at a time of extensive development. It is in view of the multiple demands made upon the watercourse that this article looks at the Swan and claims for its cultural and environmental heritage. It considers how values arising from one or the other understanding of the uniqueness of a riverine system are played out in two architectural and landscape projects recently completed along the Swan as they prompt reflection on the theme of rivers and regional and national identities.

Keywords: Cultural/Environmental Heritage; Identity; Landscape Architecture; Swan River (Perth); Topography

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-06-01

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