Reviews

‘A gracious and elegant lady doing a man's job’: Australia's first woman architect

‘A gracious and elegant lady doing a man’s job’: Australia’s first woman architect

7 Mar 2018, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU revisits Robert Freestone and Bronwyn Hanna’s 2008 book Florence Taylor’s Hats, which chronicles the extraordinary achievements of Australia’s first woman architect.

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Mrs M: a story of architectural and romantic alliances in a bold new world

Mrs M: a story of architectural and romantic alliances in a bold new world

27 Feb 2018, Stella de Vulder

Stella de Vulder reviews Mrs M, a historical fiction told through the eyes of Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of Governor Lachlan Macquarie and her alliance with convict architect Francis Greenway.

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Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity

Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity

2 Nov 2017, Janina Gosseye

Janina Gosseye reviews a new book by Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright which examines the work of Robin Boyd through the lens of German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s theory of spatial continuity.

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The Rocks, aerial view of 1967 scheme.

The House that Jack Built: Jack Mundey, Green Bans Hero

2 Nov 2017, Peter Tonkin

Written by Sydney-based architect and planner James Colman, The House that Jack Built chronicles Jack Mundey’s life as a “heritage activist” and celebrates his pivotal role in the movement behind Sydney’s green bans.

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The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

6 Oct 2017, Linda Cheng

Architectural historian Anne Watson’s new book is a carefully researched study into the often misunderstood story of architect Peter Hall’s role in the completion of the Sydney Opera House.

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Cover detail from Intimate: A Private World of Interiors by David Hicks

Bookshelf: Australian design

19 Apr 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

Shacks, dirt roads and luxury interiors: a selection of books that takes in the breadth of Australian architecture and design.

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Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate – a Photographic Study by Anton Rodriguez.

Bookshelf: New Housing Forms

13 Feb 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

From manifesto-like views about how architects and planners are implicated in the current condition of housing in our cities to rare glimpses into the private residences of London’s iconic Barbican Estate.

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Lobby interior of Trellick Tower.

The brutality of vertical living

28 Jul 2016, Colin Martin

Colin Martin reviews the film High-Rise, based on JG Ballard’s novel about the psychological effects of ‘the tower block’.

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The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (1998).

Architecture in the South Pacific: The Ocean of Islands

14 Sep 2015, Howard Tanner

Two Australians explore the little known architecture of Oceania in a new book.

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NMBW, Fitzroy Apartments – shared arcade space.

Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment

28 Aug 2014, Stuart Vokes

Nigel Bertram’s book explores the link between urban observations and design research.

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Dirk Bolt, Torrens Neighbourhood Centre.

Repose: Dirk Bolt monograph

21 Aug 2014, Philip Goad

Architectural historian Philip Goad reviews a new monograph exploring previously undocumented work.

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The Kee garden by Craig Burton.

Garden Voices

31 Jul 2014, Howard Tanner

This book celebrates the contribution of talented Australian garden designers.

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Timber canopies at Darling Quarter, Sydney, by fjmt.

Architecture as Material Culture: The work of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

10 Jul 2014, Elizabeth Farrelly

Elizabeth Farrelly reviews a monograph on Australian architecture practice, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.

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Hayball, Dandenong Education Precinct, Dandenong.

Exchange: Collaboration, Convergence, Conversations

3 Jul 2014, Sam Spurr

A monograph on urban transformations by one of Australia’s largest practices, Hayball.

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Multitudes: Hassell 1938–2013

Multitudes: Hassell 1938–2013

19 Jun 2014, Leon van Schaik

Leon van Schaik assesses the merits of this book, which marks seventy-five years of work by Hassell.

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Minimono: Paul Morgan Architects

Minimono: Paul Morgan Architects

29 May 2014, Carey Lyon

Carey Lyon reviews a new monograph on the work of Paul Morgan Architects.

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Zollverein World Heritage Site, Essen, Germany, by OMA and Agence Ter.

Future Park

15 May 2014, Maitiú Ward

Amalie Wright provides an analysis of contemporary trajectories in urban park design.

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Spread from Made in Australia: The future of Australian cities.

Made in Australia: The future of our cities

2 May 2014, Adrian McGregor

Richard Weller and Julian Bolleter postulate how our cities might accommodate predicted urban growth.

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Designing to Heal: Planning and Urban Design Response to Disaster and Conflict

Designing to Heal

20 Apr 2014, Deborah Kuh
Kerry Hill: Crafting Modernism

Kerry Hill: Crafting Modernism

2 Jan 2014

A richly illustrated monograph brings together more than thirty years of architectural work.

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Queen Victoria Building, Sydney.

Public Sydney: Drawing the City

13 Dec 2013, Philip Goad

Professor Philip Goad reviews the seminal work by Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill.

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The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia

The Biggest Estate on Earth

13 Dec 2013, Shaneen Fantin

Shaneen Fantin reviews Bill Gammage’s publication on how Aborigines made Australia.

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The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia

The Biggest Estate on Earth

14 Aug 2013, Claire Martin

Claire Martin reviews Bill Gammage’s ambitious book on how Aborigines made Australia.

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A private garden in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, by Piet Oudolf.

Piet Oudolf: Landscapes In Landscapes

3 Jul 2013, Claire Martin

A showcase of 30 years of work by landscape’s pioneer of “new wave naturalism,” Piet Oudolf.

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Making Landscape Architecture in Australia by Andrew Saniga.

Making Landscape Architecture

25 Jun 2013, Christopher Vernon

In a remarkable act of recovery, this book by Andrew Saniga unearths the history of landscape architecture in Australia.

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Making Marks

Making Marks

13 Jun 2013, Peter Salhani

Architect Ken Woolley’s book of travel sketches from Siem Reap to Rome, and home in Australia.

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One of a series of provocative rendered images that explores the potential of connection from inside out and vice versa.

Porosity: The Architecture of Invagination

16 May 2013, Endriana Audisho

A publication by Australian artist and architect, Richard Goodwin, aims to change our view of cities.

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The oeuvre of Edmond and Corrigan

The oeuvre of Edmond and Corrigan

6 May 2013, Rory Hyde

Cities of Hope: Remembered/Rehearsed looks at this confronting, yet humanist architecture.

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Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia

Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia

16 Apr 2013, Keith Cottier

The story of the project home in Australia, from its prewar influences to its 1980s demise.

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View to Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay, from Public Sydney: Drawing the City.

Public Sydney: Drawing the City

8 Apr 2013, David Holm

A milestone publication sets a new benchmark in navigating the historic layers of Sydney’s CBD.

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Peter Hall Architect: The Phantom of the Opera House by Peter Webber.

Peter Hall Architect: The Phantom of the Opera House

5 Apr 2013, Anne Watson

A biography by Peter Webber of the architect who finished the Sydney Opera House.

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Future Practice by Rory Hyde.

Future Practice

11 Feb 2013, Marcus Trimble

Marcus Trimble reviews Rory Hyde’s debut book Future Practice: Conversations from the edges of the profession.

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A drawing from Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Sketch to Screen to Site.

Drawing for Landscape Architecture

4 Feb 2013, Emma Wood

A book by landscape architect Edward Hutchison on the importance of hand drawing in landscape architecture.

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Rethink The Way You Live

Rethink The Way You Live

1 Feb 2013

A book that asks reader to reflect on how they live and reconsider how to design their homes.

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New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism

New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism

1 Feb 2013

A book that looks at residential architecture that sits outside the box.

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Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture

Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture

1 Feb 2013

Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture.

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Living Modern Tropical: A Sourcebook of Stylish Interiors

Living Modern Tropical

1 Feb 2013

A source of ideas for interiors in tropical climates.

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Urban Wildscapes

Urban Wildscapes

1 Feb 2013, Mary Mann

A book exploring abandoned and marginal spaces that have evolved, rather than been designed or planned.

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The National Gallery of Australia.

Falls the Shadow

14 Jan 2013, John Bralic

A record of the aspirations and challenges behind the design of Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia.

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20th Century World Architecture

20th Century World Architecture

1 Dec 2012

A rare tome that convinces you print will never die.

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Housing Design: A Manual

Housing Design: A Manual

1 Dec 2012

An english translation of the second edition of Het ontwerpen van woningen (originally published in Dutch).

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