The Australian Ugliness (Text Classics)

The Australian Ugliness Text Classics Fifty years after its first publication Robin Boyd s bestselling The Australian Ugliness remains the definitive statement on how we live and think in the environments we create for ourselves In it Bo

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  • Title: The Australian Ugliness (Text Classics)
  • Author: Robin Boyd Christos Tsiolkas
  • ISBN: 9781921922442
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fifty years after its first publication, Robin Boyd s bestselling The Australian Ugliness remains the definitive statement on how we live and think in the environments we create for ourselves In it Boyd rallied against Australia s promotion of ornament, decorative approach to design and slavish imitation of all things American The basis of the Australian ugliness, he wrFifty years after its first publication, Robin Boyd s bestselling The Australian Ugliness remains the definitive statement on how we live and think in the environments we create for ourselves In it Boyd rallied against Australia s promotion of ornament, decorative approach to design and slavish imitation of all things American The basis of the Australian ugliness, he wrote, is an unwillingness to be committed on the level of ideas In all the arts of living, in the shaping of all her artefacts, as in politics, Australia shuffles about vigorously in the middle as she estimates the middle of the road, picking up disconnected ideas wherever she finds them Boyd was a fierce critic, and an advocate of good design He understood the significance of the connection between people and their dwellings, and argued passionately for a national architecture forged from a genuine Australian identity His concerns are as important now, in an era of 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 This handsome anniversary edition is complemented by Robin Boyd s original sketches for the book and a new afterword by major contemporary architects.

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    1. Surprising or depressing, depending upon your perspective, fifty years after its first publication Robin Boyd’s Australian Ugliness still resonates strongly as the base upon which much of urban Australia is built. While the current Victorian Government undertakes public consultation for the next phase of urban planning, Melbourne councils are under the same pressures from small but articulate groups hoping to influence taste and sensibility in planning and construction matters. Personally I do [...]

    2. "Cruel but kind — a precise description of one element in the pervasive ambivalence of the national character. Here also are vitality, energy, strength and optimism in one's own ability, yet indolence, carelessness, the "she'll do, mate" attitude to the job to be done. Here is insistence on the freedom of the individual, yet resigned acceptance of social restrictions and censorship narrower than in almost any other democratic country in the world. Here is love of justice and devotion to law an [...]

    3. I'm glad I hung in there and finished it as it was a bit tedious compared to "Australia's Home" which was a great and rewarding read. The Australian Ugliness was a great idea as a statement on architectural history in Australia and Robin's pet hate "featurism" and eventually proved a worthwhile read. However as great a writer the tragically short lived architect became, this book of 'isms' and grindingly slow argument on his topic may well have been a better as a short thesis rather than a novel [...]

    4. I'm sorry, Robin Boyd! I tried to get all up with your theory but I just can't agree with it. And besides that, I'm on holiday and don't got time for your poetic voice about architecture. Maybe another time I will re-address this book but just too intense! Soz buddy.

    5. I only have a fairly casual interest in architecture, but what's so amazing is the the insights Boyd has into Australian identity. They still hold true half a century later, and the book's worth a read for that in itself.

    6. I was expecting something less technical and so was pleasantly surprised by what I learnt. A real eye-opener of a book. I cannot walk down the street of my city (Melbourne) without Boyd's perspective shaping my perception of the architecture, fashions and trends all around me.

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