Sydney: History of a Landscape

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The British founded Sydney in 1788, establishing there a penal colony in a country they presumed to be uninhabited. Today, Sydney is many things: an earthly paradise on the edge of the most beautiful bay in the world; a metropolitan melting pot of vice and corruption; a great seaport containing one of the world's most beautiful buildings, the Opera House; or a gigantic suburb. Contradictory and unpredictable, Sydney is a living testament to the dilemmas of the society that constructed it.

This book traces the development of the city through the evolution of its architecture and urban planning; from the humble beginnings of the first settlement (1000 Britons, 10,000 bricks and piles of pamphlets urging the felons to be chaste, tossed together into these beautiful surroundings) to the city of the year 2000, inhabited by 4 million people -- dynamic, multicultural, hyperactive, hedonistic.

This book summarizes the history of the city and its neighborhoods and focusses on the architects, their architecture and the sociocultural climate in which they worked. Among the featured architects are Francis Greenway, Mortimer Lewis, Edward Blore, John Sulman, Walter Burley Griffin, Harry Seidler, Jorn Utzon, Glenn Murcutt and Renzo Piano.

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Francoise Fromonot is a teacher, critic of architecture and the author of many books. She teaches at the School of Architecture Paris-Belleville and has previously taught at Columbia University, University of Sydney, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, among others.

Thompson is a historian and translator. He teaches and writes on architecture and the history of design.

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