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Visionaries in Suburbia

Walter Burley Griffin Society

Visionaries in Suburbia


Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape

In 1920, when Walter Burley Griffin's association with the design of Canberra was coming to a frustrating end, he and his architect wife Marion Mahony Griffin began to refocus their creative energies on the development of the Sydney harbourside suburb that would become known as Castlecrag.

It was the recommencement of a love affair with the city that began when the Griffins sailed into Sydney Harbour from their native Chicago in 1914.

From Castlecrag to Clifton Gardens, Pymble to Avalon, Visionaries in Suburbia explores the Griffins' 22 surviving Sydney houses, as well as their designs for many unbuilt projects. It charts the evolution of their domestic architecture in response to the Sydney landscape, but also brings to life the far-sighted environmental, community, spiritual and creative ideas that propelled their lives and careers.

Today, as Sydney grapples with unprecedented housing, planning and environmental challenges, the Griffins' philosophies, as expressed in the legacy of their surviving work, are of enduring significance.

Editor Anne Watson
Published September 2015
224 pages
270 illustrations 
230mm x 290mm
ISBN 9780646935324

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