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Among Buildings


Publisher: Uro Publications 2017 Authors: Stuart Geddes, Michael Roper, Tom Ross ISBN: 9780994269782 Format: Loose-leaf in 172 x 244mm slipcase, 232pp

Among Buildings encourages readers to imagine afresh the buildings around us. A collaboration between photographer Tom Ross, architect and poet Michael Roper, and graphic designer Stuart Geddes, it reflects on 26 examples of significant Melbourne architecture through photography and poetry.

Exploiting the productive tension between the written word and the photographic image, the book draws upon aspects of place, myth, history, and personal experience in an open-ended exploration of some of Australia’s most iconic works of architecture, including Robin Boyd’s Featherston House, the Griffins’ Capitol Theatre, Yuncken Freeman’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl and many others. The publication makes no attempt to present a complete picture of the subject buildings, rather it presents a series of open-ended, personal reflections – fragments in a kaleidoscope of possible imaginings.

Presented in an unusual loose-leaf format within a handsome slipcase, the book demands exploration. Readers enjoy a literally unfolding journey through architecture, with each building represented on its own fold-up/fold-out B2 or B3 format section. 

The book includes an introductory section by architect, artist and poet Alex Selenitsch, printed on Risograph by Geddes himself.

A unique approach to architectural representation and publication, Among Buildings is being released in a limited edition of 250 copies.


Featured buildings:

Queen Victoria Market, William Salway 
Heide I, Unknown 
Chadwick House, Harold Desbrowe-Annear  
The Fitzroy Baths, Sir John Monash 
Luna Park, T. H. Eslick 
Capitol Theatre, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin 
Manchester Unity Building, Marcus Barlow 
Shrine of Remembrance, Hudson and Wardrop 
Cairo Flats, Best Overend 
River House, Peter and Dione McIntyre 
ICI House, Bates Smart and McCutcheon 
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Yuncken Freeman 
Heide II, McGlashan Everist 
National Gallery of Victoria, Roy Grounds / Mario Bellini 
Featherston House, Robin Boyd 
Plumbers and Gasfitters Union Building, Graeme Gunn  
Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, Housing Commission of Victoria 
Belford Road Bridge, Kinnaird Hill de Rohan and Young 
Athan House, Edmond and Corrigan  
Storey Hall, Ashton Raggatt McDougall 
Napier Street Housing, Kerstin Thompson 
Federation Square, Lab Architecture Studio 
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Wood Marsh 
Heide III, O’Connor and Houle 
Seaford Lifesaving Club, Robert Simeoni 
RMIT Design Hub, Sean Godsell

What others think...

Photography of iconic Melbourne architecture meets poetry in Among Buildings, a captivating new read. - The Design Files

Among Buildings encourages readers to imagine afresh the buildings around us. - Yellowtrace

Finalist 2017 AGDA Design Awards

Shortlist 2018 Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing 

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