Temporal Cities, Provisional Citizens: Architectures of Internment

The expedient design, assembly and erection of WWII internment facilities, and their subsequent transformation for post-war detention and commemoration has produced a legacy of camp environments associated with citizenship.

These intense experimental sites expose racial differences, human displacements and national hostilities occurring during the Pacific War.

Through comparative case studies in Australia, Singapore and the USA, this project will examine how expertise in architecture and related fields was mobilised in their production. Resultant discourses of citizenship, community and commemoration will be studied. Their significance for understanding political, racially-inscribed and temporal environments will be explored.

Project details

Major Sponsor

Australian Research Council - Future Fellowship

Chief Investigator

A/Prof Anoma Pieris (University of Melbourne)


A/Prof Anoma Pieris