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Cultural appropriation in architecture

We came across Phineas Harper’s insightful essay on cultural appropriation in architecture as part of a series of conversations we were having with architects in Southeast Asia.

Harper highlights the importance of contextual cultural symbolism for powerful architecture, and at Appetite we want to expand the conversation to include all the applied arts— food included. Our practice relies on a deep study, appreciation, and interaction with material from around the world. To limit your range of resources is to limit your artistic potential.

To borrow Harper’s words: “While most art practices are tightening the boundaries of who is entitled to create what, the best architects remain committed to skilfully mixing motifs, materials and typologies across cultural thresholds. We’re not just relaxed about cultural appropriation, we’re experts.

You can read the full piece here.