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An Unfinished Experiment in Living : Australian Houses 1950-65 [Paperback]

by London, Geoffrey / Goad, Philip / Hamann, Conrad

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Architect-designed houses of the period 1950-65 proposed an innovative response to the social, economic, and climatic conditions of post-war Australia. At the same time they embraced the aesthetic, technological, and egalitarian aspirations of modern architecture.

An Unfinished Experiment in Living traces the emergence of this architectural phenomenon in Australia, documenting the full range of its expression: from the postwar optimism of the early 1950s through to the affluence of the 1960s.

This book is a catalogue of the most significant houses of the period, and includes comprehensive plans and period photographs of 150 houses from around Australia, dating from a time when the great Australian dream was the single family house.

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Item Type English Books (Paperback)
Publication Date 2017/11
Publisher UWAP (US)
ISBN 9781742586694
Size/Pages 450p


This work offers a visual tour of 150 architect-designed homes in Australia from the period 1950-1965, a period marked by experimentation, unconventional house types, different materials, new forms of construction, and embracing new technology. Essays consider the expression of aesthetic and egalitarian ideals in the houses and the importance of the great Australian dream of owning a single family house during the period. Black and white photographs are included. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation 2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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