Homes in the Sky

Homes in the Sky

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Australian cities are being remade by an unprecedented apartment boom with more apartments than houses being built in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. "Homes in the Sky" features many of the best known and most sought-after apartment buildings in Australia, and is the first comprehensive look at this controversial yet celebrated form of architecture. Since apartment buildings first appeared in Australia one hundred years ago, their proponents and critics have argued as to how they have transformed our cities' urban and social structure and architectural character. While historians and other image-makers commemorated Australian suburbia, another way of life was flourishing. Focusing on the range of apartments from public housing to luxury housing - from Sydney's Erskineville Housing Estate to Melbourne Mansions - "Homes in the Sky" is lavishly illustrated with more than 250 photographs and architectural renderings. Many of the historic apartments are seen through the lens of Australia's best known architectural photographer, Max Dupain. In addition, specially commissioned photographic essays highlight Australia's most stunning apartment buildings. Including profiles of iconic buildings such as Sydney's Blues Point Tower, Melbourne's Cairo and Brisbane's Torbreck, "Homes in the Sky" showcases an integral part of the Australian way of life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 233.68 x 271.78 x 25.4mm | 1,292.73g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522853161
  • 9780522853162
  • 1,313,922

About Charles Pickett

Caroline Butler-Bowdon is an acting curator at the Rose Seidler House and a project curator at Historic Houses Trust. Charles Pickett is a curator at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. He is the author of "Cars and Culture: Our Driving Passions," "The Fibro Frontier: A Different History of Australian Architecture," and "Refreshing! Art Off the Pub Wall."show more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1 Slums of the future?: A century of controversy; 2 Commodius and comfortable flats: The first apartments; 3 The pulsing heart of city life: Inner-city apartments 1920-50; 4 A new style of living: Inner-city apartments 1950-80; 5 Homes for working couples: Public apartments; 6 A series of three-storey buildings: Suburban and seaside apartments; 7 Downtown is a desirable address: Contemporary apartment living; Notes; Picture credits; Acknowledgements; Index.show more

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