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Gold Coast: City and Architecture

Author/EditorLeach, Andrew (Author)
ISBN: 9781848222298
Pub Date13/04/2018
BindingHardback
Pages176
Dimensions (mm)250(h) * 190(w)
The Gold Coast is Australia's most rapidly changing city - regularly compared to Miami, Las Vegas and Dubai for its bad taste exuberance and ambitious high rise blocks. Beautifully illustrated, this book offers the first comprehensive history of the city and its architecture, documenting its rise from seaside village to present-day city, set to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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The Gold Coast is Australia's most rapidly changing city - regularly compared to Miami and Las Vegas for its embrace of bad taste and the good life; and with Dubai for its sudden moments of high-rise assuredness and seeming lack of restraint in either the ambitions of building or their manifestations. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book offers the first comprehensive history of the city and its architecture, documenting its rise from a series of seaside villages in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the present-day city, set to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Considering city plans, architectural works, landscape formations and modes of inhabitation over the time in which the Gold Coast has been peopled, it considers the role of architecture in carrying the city forward. Its main focus is on the contemporary city and the conditions that have given rise to its character - high rise, bad taste and skewed towards the beach edge. Including oral histories from a prominent local elder, it also documents the history of indigenous habitation.

The Gold Coast is Australia's most rapidly changing city - regularly compared to Miami and Las Vegas for its embrace of bad taste and the good life; and with Dubai for its sudden moments of high-rise assuredness and seeming lack of restraint in either the ambitions of building or their manifestations. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book offers the first comprehensive history of the city and its architecture, documenting its rise from a series of seaside villages in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the present-day city, set to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Considering city plans, architectural works, landscape formations and modes of inhabitation over the time in which the Gold Coast has been peopled, it considers the role of architecture in carrying the city forward. Its main focus is on the contemporary city and the conditions that have given rise to its character - high rise, bad taste and skewed towards the beach edge. Including oral histories from a prominent local elder, it also documents the history of indigenous habitation.

Andrew Leach is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney.

Preface; 1. To the Gold Coast! 2. Under the Surface; 3. River Bound; 4. On the Beach; 5. Gold on the Sand; 6. City of Types; 7. Vegas in Paradise; 8. A Profession Organised; 9. Community Planning; 10. The City Away from It All; Further Reading

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