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From Modernism to McMansionism: Why do our suburbs look the way that they do?
Tim Ross – broadcaster, comedian, mid-century design enthusiast and addict, INDE. Awards judge and Habitus favourite – presents Streets of Your Town, a two-part series exploring the aesthetic of Australian suburbs from the middle of last century to present day.
The 1950s saw pioneering – and now celebrated – Australian architects embrace Modernist architecture and adapt it to the Australian aesthetic, lifestyle and needs. Streets of Your Town boasts unprecedented access to some of our most iconic homes conceived by the likes of Robyn Boyd, Sydney Ancher, Roy Grounds and Harry Seidler.
But by the 70s something changed – who can say what – and Australians began to embrace featurism (read: McMansionism). New builds increasingly saw enormous dwellings with a massive street presence. A trend that has – regrettably – stuck around to this day.
In Streets of Your Town Tim Ross is looking to uncover why our suburbs looks the way that they do.
Streets of Your Town
Words by Holly Cunneen
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