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Australian Architecture: A history

Allen & Unwin

Australian Architecture: A history


A comprehensive narrative history of building and design styles in Australia, from traditional Aboriginal gunyahs; to the local interpretations of northern hemisphere trends; to the sustainable, climate sensitive and high-tech constructions of the 21st century.

From First Nations gunyahs and First Fleet huts to 21st century eco-pavilions and skyscrapers, Davina Jackson surveys the evolution of architecture in Australia.

Dr Jackson explores how early colonial building designers like James Bloodworth, Francis Greenway and John Lee Archer interpreted classical European styles using local stone and timber. She examines how medieval and Renaissance monuments influenced leading architects during the 19th century, until the fresh winds of modernism and demands for a unique Australian style took over in the 20th century, with environmental challenges and technological innovations driving change in recent years.

Over two and a half centuries, our architects and builders have responded to the fierce Australian sun with verandas, porticos, colonnades, screens and Asian-inspired shade pavilions. Jackson explores these and other distinctive aspects of Australian design, why gold-boom architecture consistently impressed Victorian visitors, and the achievements of modern luminaries like Walter and Marion Griffin, Harry Seidler, Jorn Utzon, John Andrews, Glenn Murcutt and John Wardle.

Illustrated throughout, Australian Architecture traces our distinctive and internationally acclaimed domestic, commercial and institutional buildings, with overviews of the main design influences and key examples to visit. This is the essential guide for designers, architects, students and anyone interested in the story of Australia's unique and fascinating architecture.

'Comprehensive, fascinating and inspiring' - Tim Ross, presenter of ABC TV's Designing a Legacy

'Davina Jackson delights with characteristic clarity' - Peter Murray OBE, Curator-in-Chief, New London Architecture

'Gleams with insights into the buildings that shape our lives.' - Emeritus Professor Grace Karskens, author of The Colony

'Long overdue' - Luigi Rosselli, award-winning architect

'An impressive and exhaustive survey' - Karen McCartney, author of Iconic Modern Australian Houses

'A must read for every lover of Australian design.' - Raj Nandan, Chairman and CEO, Indesign Media Asia/Pacific
Davina Jackson
Published February 2022
368 pages 
230mm x 170mm
ISBN 9781760878399

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