Each year, dozens of books come across the editorial desk at ArchitectureAU, on subjects as varied as modernist houses, indoor plants and eccentric suburban interiors. Here are some of our favourites from 2019.
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.
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.
Books on Australian architecture are well represented on the shortlist for the NGV’s international Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing.
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.
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.
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.
A never-before-published archive of photographs and sketches makes up the bulk of a new book on the late Sydney architect Bruce Rickard.
Author says the 20 women profiled in the book represent “a celebration of contemporary Australian architecture at its best.”
Shacks, dirt roads and luxury interiors: a selection of books that takes in the breadth of Australian architecture and design.
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.
The National Gallery of Victoria has established a new international publishing prize to coincide with the gallery’s annual Melbourne Art Book Fair.
A new book titled Planning for Coexistence? aims to connect urban planners and Indigenous communities and help the two work together effectively.
Colin Martin reviews the film High-Rise, based on JG Ballard’s novel about the psychological effects of ‘the tower block’.
Two Australians explore the little known architecture of Oceania in a new book.
Many see greater density as key to less car-dependant cities. Planning maverick Paul Mees showed this belief is a delusion.
The launch of Marieluise Jonas and Heike Rahmann’s book, Tokyo Void.
Nigel Bertram’s book explores the link between urban observations and design research.
Architectural historian Philip Goad reviews a new monograph exploring previously undocumented work.
This book celebrates the contribution of talented Australian garden designers.