The Walls Around Us: The Story of Australian Architecture
Publisher: F.W. Cheshire 1962 Author: Robyn Boyd Format: Hardcover, 89pp, 240x160mm
This is a clear, concise, entertaining history of Australian architecture, from the first mud huts to the Sydney Opera House. It gives the life and death, often long overdue, of the architectural styles from Georgian to "glass house", with their variations in the different states and the social and climatic reasons for them.
There are brief accounts of the work of the most influential architects and the social history behind building from the story of the planning of Canberra to the fantasies of many council regulations.
The author's many witty and sensitive drawings fit the text perfectly – this is a quirky, original book published in 1962.
This rare, pre-owned copy is in good condition, with some slight yellowing to the original dust jacket.