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Desire and Identity: The Architecture of Chancellor and Patrick
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Critical Studies in Architecture.
2011 (English)In: Architecture Australia, ISSN 0003-8725, Vol. May/June, no 3, 17-18 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The scene that is set describes a serene Victoria enjoying her post-war prosperity together with the pleasures of a bay-side leisure lifestyle. This is an age in which the Victorian citizen, the everyman, can feel sure of his place in the work-a-day world, and then return home to large helpings of meat and three veg prepared by the wife. There persists, more or less imperceptibly, the quiet murmur of a fading indigenous race, whose children and land have been stolen, but little matter, this is now a resolutely white Australia. Whiteness has been so thoroughly internalised into the nation’s psyche that the white Australia policy has been allowed to cautiously ease. Even with the considerable post-war push for immigration – populate or perish – the newcomers are mostly European, and the newsreels show images of smiling blond women, and smart, healthy young men in stylish sunglasses alighting from large ocean liners. There are dams to be built, and primary and secondary industry to consider. This is also an era within which mainstream television is just being introduced, and all the living room picture windows, one by one, up and down the block, begin to flicker and glow after dinner time as families gather around the televisual hearth to hear news from elsewhere.

It is during this period, from the early to the mid-1950’s, that experimental young Australian practices such as Chancellor and Patrick look with great admiration toward the new architecture emerging out of Europe, and the international flowering of modernism. 

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Melbourne, Australia: Architecture Media , 2011. Vol. May/June, no 3, 17-18 p.
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Melbourne architecture, Chancellor and Patrick, Moholy Nagy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86640OAI: diva2:500890
QC 20120628Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-06-28Bibliographically approved

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