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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
40 41 Why is it so important to read this book 50 years after it was first published? Because Boyd’s insight and commentary contributes to a debate which Australians are increasingly more interested in engaging in: ‘the war against ugliness’. Gone are the days when it was acceptable for Australian design to be a thin veneer on international Western culture. Boyd’s war is on Featurism, the tendency for each new building to create individual design, competing with rather than complementing neighbouring buildings and the environment. Australia’s make- do mentality is a carry-over from early European settlement. The lurch from the ‘cream Australia policy’ of the 40s to the overabundant use of colour – a product of post-war DIY and chemical advances contribute to the lack of harmony in our cities and suburbs. Boyd de-constructs the architecture of Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and even Surfers Paradise. Whether or not you agree with Boyd’s opinions about design, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the size, space and energy our buildings consume. ‘ . ..gone are the days when it was acceptable for Australian design to be a thin veneer on international Western culture ... ThE ausTralian uglinEss // Robin boyd NF NF