Designing Australia's Cities: Culture, Commerce and the City Beautiful, 1900–1930, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Designing Australia's Cities

Culture, Commerce and the City Beautiful, 1900–1930, 1st Edition

By Robert Freestone


334 pages

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Accessible and comprehensive, written by the current President of the International Planning History Society, this volume provides readers with a highly visual account of historical, contemporary and international projects.

Looking at the ways in which the City Beautiful movement influenced the design and development of Australian cities, this pioneering national study surveys the ruling ideas, influences, outcomes and enduring legacies of the early artistic turn in Australian urban design. With the return of the American City Beautiful movement to the forefront of urban design, Designing Australia’s Cities is a relevant account of the ways in which this movement influenced and shaped Australian city design, but more importantly sheds light on a planning culture that stretches far beyond Australia and is of increasing relevance worldwide today.

Laying bare an important design and reform movement, whose under-appreciated legacy is clearly evident in urban landscapes today, this book is ideal for students of planning, architecture, urban design and the history of planning.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. America and the World 3. The Australian Scene 4. The Federal Capital 5. City Plans 6. Civic Centres 7. Public Spaces 8. The Campus Beautiful 9. Parks, Parkways and the Street Beautiful 10. The Everyday Landscape 11. New Themes, Old Traditions

About the Author

Robert Freestone is Professor of Planning and Urban Development in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales.

About the Series

Planning, History and Environment Series

This series offers a unique window on the creation of the modern environment. Designed for an international readership, the emphasis is on:

  • urban and regional planning
  • recent as well as longer-term history
  • what the past can tell us about the present
  • local as well as global and comparative topics

Within this framework the books address three themes:

  • regional, continental and comparative studies
  • planning histories of key cities
  • changing planning ideologies and policies


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning