chapter  11
Architecture of response rather than imposition
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Climatic extremes define much of the regional character of Australia. In Australia’s Northern Territory, for example, are the monsoonal tropics where rain falls up to one foot an hour. High humidity and high temperatures accompany the heavy rainfall and underline the need for ventilation. Murcutt merges

dictates with his analysis of the indigenous Australian aboriginal huts and the way they address these natural forces. ’They are beautiful and often long. They use lightweight timber posts that raise the structure off of theground level toprotect against the heat, rain, and crocodiles. The frame is cladwith bark that bends like corrugated iron. The bark is cured over the fire to flatten it and then turned in the other direction against the grain. The open ends are often oriented toward the prevailing cooling winds.’2