Designer Suburbs

Designer Suburbs : Architects and affordable homes in Australia

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In the 1950s, 60s and 70s architects like Harry Seidler, Robin Boyd, Ken Woolley, Michael Dysart and Graeme Gunn applied their talents to project homes, bringing high-end design to the suburbs. Backed by Pettit & Sevitt, Merchant Builders and other project builders, architects created small, deceptively simple houses which transformed the look of suburbia. Today, the distance between the architectural profession and suburban housing has never been greater, with Australia's super-sized, energy-guzzling project homes the biggest in the world. With photographs by Max Dupain, David Moore, Wolfgang Sievers and Eric Sierins alongside original plans, Designer Suburbs explores the relationship between architects, builders and affordable housing since 1900 and the lessons we can learn from twentieth-century designer suburbs.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 254 x 304.8 x 25.4mm | 1,065.94g
  • Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • English
  • 1742233465
  • 9781742233468
  • 2,117,356

About Judith O'Callaghan

Judith O'Callaghan is a senior lecturer in the Interior Architecture Program in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales and a former senior curator of contemporary design at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and curator of decorative arts at the National Gallery of Victoria. Her major exhibition and publication projects include "The Australian Dream: Design of the Fifties" and "Absolutely Mardi Gras: Costume and Design of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras." Charles Pickett is a curator of design and the built environment at the Powerhouse Museum. His books include "The Fibro Frontier: A Different History of Australian Architecture," "Refreshing! Art Off the Pub Wall," and "Homes in the Sky: Apartment Living in Australia," winner of the 2008 AIA Bates Smart Award for architecture in the media. They both live in Sydney.
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