BY JOANNE CHOUEIRI
The demolition of approximately 60 buildings under Premier Sir Joh Bielke Petersen around Brisbane constituted a milestone in the fight towards the conservation of heritage buildings. These demolitions produced ‘political holes’ defined as physical and psychological holes created by a political hand. The physical hole is demonstrated by the disappearance of the building from the skyline and its map. The psychological hole is the affective experience of absence shared throughout the community. The aim of this project is to map out the physical holes and collect narratives of the history of these buildings. By doing so, the stories and memories of these spaces are unearthed and brought forth as part of the city’s architectural and social history.
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