An Unfinished Experiment in Living: Australian Houses 1950-65

London, G, Goad, P and Hamann, C 2017, An Unfinished Experiment in Living: Australian Houses 1950-65, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, Western Australia.

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Title An Unfinished Experiment in Living: Australian Houses 1950-65
Author(s) London, G
Goad, P
Hamann, C
Year 2017
Publisher University of Western Australia Press
Place of publication Crawley, Western Australia
Subjects Architectural Design
Summary Architect-designed houses of the period 1950-65 proposed an innovative response to the social, economic, and climatic conditions of post-war Australia. At the same time they embraced the aesthetic, technological, and egalitarian aspirations of modern architecture. An Unfinished Experiment in Living traces the emergence of this architectural phenomenon in Australia, documenting the full range of its expression: from the postwar optimism of the early 1950s through to the affluence of the 1960s. It is a catalogue of the most significant houses of the period. It includes comprehensive plans and period photographs of 150 houses from around Australia, dating from a time when the great Australian dream was the single family house. This book puts forward new research founded on the premise that the most significant houses of the 1950s and 60s represent an unfinished and undervalued experiment in modern living. Issues such as the open plan, the changing nature of the family, the embrace of advances in technology, the use of the courtyard, and the orientation of the house to capture sun and privacy, were valuable and critical lessons. This is a compelling reminder of their continuing relevance. [Subject: Architecture, Design, Australian History, Sociology]
Copyright notice © Geoffrey London, Philip Goad and Conrad Hamann 2017 - The moral right of the author has been asserted
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