The Australian Ugliness

The Australian Ugliness

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Fifty years after its first publication, Robin Boyd's bestselling The Australian Ugliness remains the definitive statement on how we live and think in the environments we create for ourselves. In it Boyd rallied against Australia's promotion of ornament, decorative approach to design and slavish imitation of all things American. 'The basis of the Australian ugliness,' he wrote, 'is an unwillingness to be committed on the level of ideas. In all the arts of living, in the shaping of all her artefacts, as in politics, Australia shuffles about vigorously in the middle - as she estimates the middle - of the road, picking up disconnected ideas wherever she finds them.' Boyd was a fierce critic, and an advocate of good design. He understood the significance of the connection between people and their dwellings, and argued passionately for a national architecture forged from a genuine Australian identity. His concerns are as important now, in an era of suburban sprawl and inner-city redevelopment, as they were half a century ago. Caustic and brilliant, The Australian Ugliness is a masterpiece that enables us to see our surroundings with fresh eyes. This handsome anniversary edition is complemented by Robin Boyd's original sketches for the book and a new afterword by major contemporary architects.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 22mm | 406g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Special edition
  • Anniversary edition
  • 1921656220
  • 9781921656224

About Robin Boyd

William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana in 1952. He is the author of five other novels and a collection of short stories that have been published around the world in over two dozen languages. In addition, eight of his screenplays have been filmed, the most recent of which is A Good Man in Africa, based on his first novel. He is married and lives in London.show more

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