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Robin Boyd: Late Works


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Publisher's foreword: Blueprints for a better city, 7 Introduction, 9 Boyd Scholarship 1971-2018, 12 A note on the research methods, 12 13 Chapter 1: Boyd's writing in the 1960s The Puzzle of Architecture, 15 New Directions in Japanese Architecture, 16 Other critical writing, 17 The Great Great Australian Dream, 17 19 Chapter 2: The Third Phase in Boyd's late works. Menzies College, 20 Mitchelton, 27 Neptune's Fishbowl, 31 Churchill House, 37 43 Chapter 3: Boyd, the Expos and Australian identity Expo 67 Montreal, 44 An Australian Adventure, 48 The sound chairs, 50 Visual displays, 56 Washington Chancery, 59 Expo 70 Osaka, 62 Systems of patronage, 71 73 Chapter 4: Robin Boyd and the city Sydney Cove Redevelopment Scheme in Sydney, 74 Melbourne 2000, RACV, 83 The Carnich Towers, 90 97 Chapter 5: The terrific upheaval The Boyd office: An interview with Norman Day, 101 Living in a Robin Boyd house: A memoir, 104 Bibliography, 106 Index, 107 Acknowledgements, 108 Colophon, 108 4

About the Author

Dr Christine Marie Phillips is an architect, academic and researcher passionate about Australian architecture and cultural heritage. Dr Phillips is a Senior Lecturer within the Architecture Program at RMIT's School of Architecture Program and an alternate member of the Heritage Council of Victoria. Dr Peter Raisbeck is an architect, architectural historian and researcher. He teaches Design Activism, Contemporary Architectural Archives, and Architectural Practice at the Melbourne School of Design. His published work explores the intersections between architectural practice, emerging technologies, design activism, politics, and the architectural histories of the 1960s. His book Architecture as a Global System was published in 2019.


"While Boyd's houses have been closely examined and are highly influential in architectural culture, his late works have received much less attention. This corker of a book addresses that gap ... It's a must for all Boyd scholars and enthusiasts." - Professor Naomi Stead, Monash University Department of Architecture; "This book does much to recover Robin Boyd from the tasteful cult of midcentury modernism, affirming his roles as a curator, exhibition designer, urbanist, and cultural ambassador to the world ... Phillips and Raisbeck reveal Boyd to be a restless experimenter, always pushing at the edges."- Rory Hyde, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism, V&A Museum

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