The Australian Ugliness

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Text Publishing, May 16, 2010 - Architecture - 304 pages
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The highly acclaimed bestseller from one of Australia's greatest architects, with an introduction by Christos Tsiolkas.

Fifty years on, Robin Boyd's The Australian Ugliness remains the definitive statement on how we live and think in the environments we create for ourselves. In it Boyd railed against Australia's decorative approach to design and slavish imitation of all things American. His concerns are as important now, in an era of sustainability, 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. Robin Boyd's original sketches and an afterword by major contemporary architects complement this handsome anniversary edition.

'Effortlessly readable, sharply observant and witty...an Australian classic.' Brenda Niall

 

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On the 50th anniversary of its initial publication, Robin Boyd's invective on Australian architecture remains strikingly relevant. The Australian Ugliness is a treatise on the disgrace of our urban ... Read full review

Contents

The Descent into Chaos
17
The Featurist Capital
47
Anglophiles and Austericans
71
Pioneers and Arboraphobes
93
The NonFeaturists
125
The Innocent Era
155
The Pursuit of Pleasingness
189
The Ethics of AntiFeaturism
245
AFTERWORD
267
THE ROBIN BOYD FOUNDATION
283
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Robin Boyd (1919-71) is arguably the most influential architect in Australia's history. He was an idealist, a visionary who believed that good design would improve the quality of people’s lives. A tireless public educator and outspoken social commentator, Boyd designed more than two hundred buildings, and wrote such classics as The Puzzle of Architecture and Australia’s Home.

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