Organic architecture: its origin, development and impact on mid 20th century Melbourne architecture

Njoo, A 2008, Organic architecture: its origin, development and impact on mid 20th century Melbourne architecture, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


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Title Organic architecture: its origin, development and impact on mid 20th century Melbourne architecture
Author(s) Njoo, A
Year 2008
Abstract Australia in the early 50s followed a decade or so of frenzy activities in the visual arts. This resurgence of Australian art which led to its recognition in the UK and the United States also brought about a renewed recognition in the quality of domestic architecture. New boundaries in the design of the Australian home were being redefined, both in theory as well as in practice.

Although the decades between the two Great Wars saw the importation of such influences as the Californian Bungalow and Art Deco styles (shades of Dudok, Mendelsohn etc.), it was during the post-war years that the term organic architecture that was much discussed by a wide range of practitioners of the time.

This research aims to trace the journey of organic architecture from its origin to Australia and provide some insight into the workings of those who claimed to have practiced it.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Architecture, Australian -- 20th century
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