The Australian Ugliness Text Classics

The Australian Ugliness  Text Classics

Boyd's strategy was to focus on the word 'ugliness'—an idea that almost all Australians would agree on, or at the very least have a strong opinion about. If he'd called the book The Australian Beauty, his project of critique would ...

Author: Robin Boyd

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781921921995

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

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Brilliant, witty, scathing, The Australian Ugliness is the classic postwar account of Australian society, how we live in the environments we create, and the consequences of our failure to think about how we live.
Categories: Architecture

The Australian Ugliness

The Australian Ugliness

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.

Author: Robin Boyd

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781921922442

Category: Architecture

Page: 301

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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 railed 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 sustainability, 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.
Categories: Architecture

J rn Utzon and Transcultural Essentialism

J  rn Utzon and Transcultural Essentialism

... of the Home,” (1952) in Nordic Architects Write, ed. Mi ael Asgaard Andersen (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2008), 333, 245 quoted in Andersen (2014), 116. 70 Robin Boyd, The Australian Ugliness, first published 1960 (Melbourne: ...

Author: Adrian Carter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000457933

Category: Architecture

Page: 268

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This book introduces and defines the burgeoning concepts of transculturalism and essentialism and how they relate to one another, as articulated with reference to the work of Jørn Utzon. It introduces critical contemporary perspectives of the design thinking and career of this renowned Danish architect, internationally recognised for his competition-winning, iconic design for the Sydney Opera House – an outstanding exemplar of transcultural essentialism in architecture. Transcultural essentialism is analysed through the lens of critical regionalism and architectural phenomenology, with emphasis on the sense of place and tectonics in Utzon’s architectural works. It provides a new understanding of the Danish architect as an early proponent of a still emergent and increasingly relevant direction in architecture. Going beyond biographical studies, it presents a more comprehensive understanding of the broad range of transcultural influences that formed his thinking. The volume includes numerous previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and interviews with Utzon’s family members, former students, and colleagues, offering a significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge for any architecture scholar interested in Utzon’s work and design principles. The book also comprises a Foreword by eminent architecture theorist Juhani Pallasmaa in which he provides insights into the wider architectural and cultural context of Utzon’s worldview.
Categories: Architecture

Australian National Cinema

Australian National Cinema

Muriel's Wedding and the Rudd family provide, if you like, a positive take on Australian ugliness. Sometimes Australians want to disown such ugliness. The fact that Australia told itself stories like those in the Rudd cycle, ...

Author: Tom O'Regan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134933488

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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Tom O'Regan's book is the first of its kind on Australian post-war cinema. It takes as its starting point Bazin's question 'What is cinema?'and asks what the construct of a 'national' cinema means. It looks at the broader concept from a different angle, taking film beyond the confines of 'art' into the broader cultural world. O'Regan's analysis situates Australian cinema in its historical and cultural perspective producing a valuable insight into the issues that have been raised by film policy, the cinema market place and public discourse on film production strategies. Since 1970 Australian film has enjoyed a revival. This book contains detailed critiques of the key films of this period and uses them to illustrate the recent theories on the international and Australian cinema industries. Its conclusions on the nature of the nation's cinema and the discourses within it are relevant within a far wider context; film as a global phenomenon.
Categories: Performing Arts

After The Australian Ugliness

After The Australian Ugliness

This new book responds to Boyd's most well-known text with new critical and creative writing by authors from a range of disciplines.

Author: NAOMI ET AL. STEAD

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ISBN: 1760761893

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Rise and Fall of Australia The

Rise and Fall of Australia  The

Nor is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the beloved 'Coathanger', quite the monument to Australian ingenuity that it first seems. ... the author of The Australian Ugliness, who bemoaned the country's often slavish imitation of foreign styles, ...

Author: Nick Bryant

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857989024

Category: Australia

Page: 354

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A forensic look at the Lucky Country, from the inside and outside. Never before has Australia enjoyed such economic, commercial, diplomatic and cultural clout. Its recession-proof economy is the envy of the world. It's the planet's great lifestyle superpower. Its artistic exports win unprecedented acclaim. But never before has its politics been so brutal, narrow and facile, as well as being such a global laughing stock. A positive national story is at odds with a deeply unattractive Canberra story. The country should be enjoying The Australian Moment, so vividly described by the best-selling author George Megalogenis. But that description may turn out to be inadvertently precise. It could end up being just that: a fleeting moment. At present the country seems to be in speedy regression, with the nation's leaders, on both sides, mired in relatively small problems, such as the arrival of boat people, rather than mapping out a larger and more inspiring national future. In The Rise and Fall of Australia, BBC correspondent and author Nick Bryant offers an outsider's take on the great paradox of modern-day Australian life: of how the country has got richer at a time when its politics have become more impoverished. In this thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking book, dealing with politics, racism, sexism, the country's place in the region and the world, culture and sport, the author argues that Australia needs to discard the out-dated language used to describe itself, to push back against Lucky Country thinking, to celebrate how the cultural creep has replaced the cultural cringe and to stop negatively typecasting itself. Rejecting most of the national stereotypes, Nick Bryant sets out to describe the new Australia rather than the mythic country so often misunderstood not just by foreigners but Australians themselves.
Categories: Australia

The Past and Future of the Australian Suburb

The Past and Future of the Australian Suburb

When we destroy greenery we destroy the justification for the suburb.25 Here , in embryo , was Boyd's famous attack on ' the Australian Ugliness ' . He invokes the values of the Garden City to condemn its unprepossessing Australian ...

Author: Graeme Davison

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ISBN: OSU:32435071771943

Category: Suburbs

Page: 18

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Categories: Suburbs

APAIS Australian Public Affairs Information Service

APAIS  Australian Public Affairs Information Service

Social change / Attitudes / Urban sociology / Clark , Manning / Intellectuals / Palmer , Vance / Suburbia / The Australian ugliness ( 1962 ) ) ( continued ) ARCHITECTS Robin Boyd and the interpretation of Australian architecture ( Paper ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015079938539

Category: Australia

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Categories: Australia

Design in Australia 1880 1970

Design in Australia  1880 1970

In the newspaper , on the radio , on the television , in the popular home journals . ” 24 Boyd's best - known book of criticism , The Australian Ugliness , was published in 1960.25 While the work established the bitterly critical ...

Author: Michael Bogle

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015040167556

Category: Art

Page: 156

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This investigation of design explores the experience of poets, painters, critics, museum curators, and journalists to illustrate the vitality of the discipline.
Categories: Art