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The Writings of Walter Burley Griffin


  • Date Published: August 2008
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897136

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  • Walter Burley Griffin (1876–1937) was a distinguished modernist American architect, landscape architect and town planner. His work attracted world-wide attention in 1912 when he won the international competition to design a new capital city for Australia. Griffin was also a prolific lecturer and writer. In this edition, his 71 pieces of writing have been thematically categorised under ten headings to reflect the variety and interrelations of his professional interests: Canberra; Town and Campus Planning; Residential Communities; Designing the House; Building the House; Landscape Architecture; Public Buildings; India; Architecture and Politics and the Future of Architecture. At a time when Griffin's design for Canberra has attracted renewed attention, this canon of his work provides unparalleled access to his thinking about architecture and town planning.

    • It is the first time that Griffin's writings have been collected
    • There is a critical essay introducing the edition
    • Each of the essays has been contextualised by the editor to provide insight and analysis
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    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897136
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 256 x 42 mm
    • weight: 2.36kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus.
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    List of illustrations
    Part I. Canberra:
    1. 'Commonwealth of Australia. Design for the Lay-Out of the Federal Capital City' (1912)
    2. Interview in New York Times (1912)
    3. 'Commonwealth of Australia Federal Capital Competition' (1912)
    4. 'Planning a Federal Capital City Complete' (1912)
    5. Letter to King O'Malley (1913)
    6. Interview in The Age (1913)
    7. Letter to William Kelly (1913)
    8. The Federal Capital: Report Explanatory of the Preliminary General Plan (1913)
    9. Interview in Advance Australia (1913)
    10. 'Canberra: The Architectural and Development Possibilities of Australia's Capital City' (1913)
    11. 'Canberra II: The Federal City Site and its Architectural Possibilities' (1913)
    12. Interview in Construction News (1913)
    13. Address to Chicago Asso. of Commerce and Industry (1914)
    14. 'The Canberra Plan' (1914)
    15. 'Termination by the Government of Engagement of Walter Burley Griffin as Director of Design and Construction' (1921)
    16. 'Canberra Founded on National Sentiment' (1927)
    17. 'Canberra in Occupation' (1934)
    Part II. Town and Campus Planning:
    1. 'Town Planning and Architecture as related thereto' (1913)
    2. Contribution to a discussion of 'Chicago and the Ferguson Fund' (1914)
    3. 'University of Sydney. General Plan' (1915)
    4. 'The City Plan of Griffith' (1915)
    5. 'The Town Plan of Leeton' (1915)
    6. 'Arsenal Township' (1916)
    7. 'Planning for Economy' (1917)
    8. 'The Outdoor Arts in Australia' (1928)
    9. 'Sydney Town Planning Scheme' (1931)
    10. 'What of 'Town Planning'' (1935)
    Part III. Residential Communities:
    1. 'Competitive Plan [for a Quarter-Section of Land in Chicago]' (1913)
    2. 'Trier Center Neighborhood [and other domestic communities]' (1913)
    3. 'Catholic College, University of Melbourne' (1915)
    4. 'Architecture' (1915)
    5. 'Picturesque Waterside Suburb – Scenic Charm of Castle Crag' (1922)
    6. 'Nature and Ourselves' (1928)
    7. Affidavit in Greater Sydney Development Association v. Rivett (1929)
    8. 'Concrete at Castlecrag' (1930)
    9. 'Toward Simpler Homes' (1931)
    10. 'Occupational Conservation' (1935)
    Part IV. Designing the House:
    1. 'A Solid Rock House' (1912)
    2. 'A House in the Spirit of the Times' (1913)
    3. 'The One-Roomed House' (1915)
    4. 'The Problem of the Basic House' (1920)
    5. 'Sunshine in the Home' (1922)
    6. 'Standards for Furnishing' (1923)
    7. 'The Natural House' (c. 1928)
    Part V. Building the House:
    1. 'The Honest Use of Materials' (1915)
    2. 'Knitlock Construction' (1922)
    3. 'Segmental Architecture' (1927)
    4. Two letters to Lillian Moore (1934)
    Part VI. Landscape Architecture:
    1. 'The House an Element in a Garden Scheme' (1913)
    2. 'Garden Roofs and Courts' (1921)
    3. 'An Architectural Tree' and 'Avenue Trees' (1933)
    Part VII. Public Buildings:
    1. Testimony on remodeling of the Sydney General Post Office (1921)
    2. Testimony on the Australian War Memorial (1928)
    Part VIII. India:
    1. Letter to Alice Henry (1935)
    2. 'United Provinces of Agra & Oudh. All India Exposition. General Plan' (1936)
    3. Seven Letters from India (1935-37)
    4. 'Architecture in India' (1937)
    Part IX. Architecture and Politics:
    1. 'A Plea for Liberty' (1920)
    2. 'Status of Architecture' (1923)
    3. 'Why Politics?' (1923)
    4. 'The Menace of Governments' (1924)
    5. 'Interest and Single Tax' (1934)
    Part X. The Future of Architecture:
    1. 'Architecture in American Universities' (1913)
    2. 'Melbourne 50 Years Hence' (1923)
    3. 'Architecture in Another Fifty Years' (1927)
    4. 'Building for the Future' (1928)
    5. 'Decorative Terra Cotta Introduced to Sydney' (1930)
    6. Contribution to 'Traditional v. Modern Contemporary Architecture' (1930)
    7. 'The Economic Impasse. Ultimate Way Out. Architecture' (1932)
    8. 'Modernism' (1934)
    Chronology of Griffin's writings.

  • Author

    Dustin Griffin, New York University
    Dustin Griffin is Professor of English at New York University. He is the author of six books on 17th- and 18th- century literature. He is the grandnephew of Walter Burley Griffin.

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