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Australian Ugliness, The (First Edition)

Robin Boyd
F. W. Cheshire, Melbourne
1960
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Format: Hardcover in Dustjacket
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Condition: Very Good Plus (with defects noted).

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Scarce FIRST EDITION. pp. 229 illusts #0919 ( Some tanning and light edgewear to dustjacket. Not price-clipped, no internal markings. Small biro mark on cover - see image.) A DESIRABLE copy of the seminal work on the Australian aesthetic and architecture.)

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.

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 suburban sprawl and inner-city redevelopment, as they were more than half a century ago.

'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.'

Caustic and brilliant, The Australian Ugliness is a masterpiece that enables us to see our surroundings with fresh eyes.

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