What do you think of the word iconic? Rather like the word luxury, it’s thrown around with abandon: I can […]
Archive for ‘Australia’
The same old story
My suburb is undergoing an explosion of growth. Due to a change in local planning law, it is now possible […]
Cut down to size
This morning the usual peace and quiet of my suburban street was shattered by the sound of a chainsaw. […]
The bland leading the bland
I’ve just finished re-reading a magnificent book that was written by architect Robin Boyd and first published in 1960. I […]
Anxiously reaching for the sky
Recently I recorded a programme for Radio National on the future of skyscrapers (podcast here, article here). Researching the subject […]
For the love of concrete!
I wonder if it’s natural to hold affection for the buildings that were constructed in your youth. For me, as […]
War, what is it good for?
If there’s one thing that Australia does really well then it’s war memorials. Each one in the state capitals is appropriately […]
The joy of travel is all about new experiences and appreciating how others in our tiny world live. I’ve just […]
It’s my ABC
My first months of living in Australia in the mid 1990s felt like inhabiting some kind of parallel universe. Everything […]
Taking the B out of Bland.
Bland buildings are horrible things. The world is full of them. They say ‘this’ll do’ rather than ‘this will make […]