Author(s): Charles Pickett
Australian cities are being remade by an unprecedented apartment boom with more apartments than houses being built in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This book features many of the best known and most sought-after apartment buildings in Australia. It looks at this controversial yet celebrated form of architecture.
Caroline Butler-Bowdon was Curator at the Museum of Sydney (1998-2003) where she curated Art Deco, Federation Sydney 1880-1910 and Leunig Animated. She is co-author of Sydney Then and Now (2005), co-editor of Debating the City: An Anthology (2001) and Talking about Sydney: Population, Community and Culture in Contemporary Sydney (2006), and a contributor to Bridging Sydney (2006). Caroline is now Project Curator at the Historic Houses Trust, where she has curated an exhibition to coincide with the launch of Homes in the Sky. Caroline is completing a PhD on apartments in Sydney at UNSW. Dr Charles Pickett is a curator at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. His books include The Fibro Frontier: A Different History of Australian Architecture (1998), Refreshing! Art Off the Pub Wall (1990), Cars and Culture: Our Driving Passions (1998) and Observer & Observed: A Pictorial History of Sydney Observatory and Observatory Hill (2002). Charles has also curated numerous exhibitions on Australian design and social history, including the recent exhibitions Gambling in Australia: Thrills, Spills and Social Ills (Powerhouse Museum) and Drinking Customs (Sydney Customs House).
Preface; Introduction; 1 Slums of the future?: A century of controversy; 2 Commodius and comfortable flats: The first apartments; 3 The pulsing heart of city life: Inner-city apartments 1920-50; 4 A new style of living: Inner-city apartments 1950-80; 5 Homes for working couples: Public apartments; 6 A series of three-storey buildings: Suburban and seaside apartments; 7 Downtown is a desirable address: Contemporary apartment living; Notes; Picture credits; Acknowledgements; Index.