SELECTED 20th CENTURY LINKS
Architecture - Australia
The Australian Architecture Association has been formed to
broaden the promotion of architecture. To enable the public
to understand, enjoy and discuss architecture, locally and
beyond – leading to a greater understanding of its value.
atmitchell.com - a State Library of NSW collection comprising
over 10,000 detailed architectural plans, elevations, conceptual
and presentation drawings; specifications and records. One
of the most significant collections in Australia
butter paper - 'greaseproof' architecture resources from
Australia and New Zealand. A great site with news, events,
and many good links.
Canberra architecture and heritage news at canberrahouse.com
tells the story of modernist residential architecture
in Canberra, Australia's capital, through profiles of significant
houses, architectural styles, biographies, and other resources.
Church design is an interesting
subject. Once you start looking at churches, you realise that
though many are conservative and traditional, others are really
quite adventurous. The quality of materials is high, and they
also tend to suffer less from renovations and modifications.
Far Distant Shores is a website of
travel and art photography, featuring great shots of art deco
buildings from Australia and overseas.
RMIT this guide to contemporary Melbourne architecture
features up and coming; and established, contemporary architects.
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects by
promoting better, responsible and environmental design, the
Institute actively lobbies to maintain and improve the quality
of the nation's built environment.
Sydney Architecture Walks architect-led city tours
for aesthetes, literati, voyeurs, and locals who love familiar
terrain from a different viewpoint.
Tom Fletcher's sydneyarchitecture.com aims to view Sydney
as an architectural entity. It has a great collection of recent
and historical photos, with notes.
The Asian Art Deco Alliance was founded by The Pangaea Society in 2016. The Alliance was created to stand up against the Eurocentric discourse on Art Deco.
China – Historic Shanghai was founded in 1998 by Tess Johnston, Patrick Cranley & Tina Kanagaratnam with the goal of raising awareness of Shanghai’s built heritage and social and cultural history.
Indonesia decorative art in Architecture as a part
of Bandung history. Bandung is one of the world's lesser-known
Art Deco cities.
Taiwan – Heritage on the move. The government has provided funds, and engineers have mastered the art of relocating early and mid–twentieth century buildings in one piece.
Taiwan – Alexander Synaptic runs a blog with excellent photographs of Art Deco and other styles; both restored and in various states of decay. Some of these have a Japanese influence, as the island was part of its empire for 50 years, from 1895 to 1945.
Taiwan – Just a Balcony has some great pictures of old buildings around the island, although the text is in Chinese (Google Translate is your friend here).
Taiwan – Taipei Love Notes focuses on architectural traditions in and around the city.
Taiwan – The Taiwan Scrapbook is a visual guide to local variants of Art Deco, Imperial Crown Style (teikan y?shiki), Modernism and other architectural styles from the early and mid-twentieth century.
Durban traditionally, it was well known for its conservatism
when it came to the erection of public buildings. Yet in the
1930's the city threw off this mantle and embraced Art Deco
and other new styles.
UK website dedicated to endangered buildings.
Suggested walks around London.
Art Deco in Dublin – features some great pictures of buildings
Architecture New Zealand
Napier A devastating earthquake in 1931 leveled most
of the city, which was rebuilt in the then-fashionable Art
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Boston College Digital Archive a comprehensive
online architectural resource specialising in American Architecture
from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Great Buildings Online a database of famous and
Vitrolite The use of Vitrolite and other pigmented
structural glass reached its heyday in the 1920's and 1930's.
This handsome and versatile building material was used primarily
for interior and exterior wall surfacing, and featured on
many Australian pubs.
John Lautner was one of the twentieth century's most important
American architects. An apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright,
he was part of the first group of Taliesin Fellows. His Elrod
House (1968) attained fame in the Bond film Diamonds
Detroit is known for one of the most stunning
collections of pre-depression architecture in the world.
The past two decades have seen several of these treasures
sit vacant, waiting for economic revival.
Ate Up With Motor provides in-depth history and commentary
on cars and the people behind them. Primary
focus is on older cars, but occasionally talks about
newer models if they're interesting enough.
Facel Vega the now largely forgotten blend of hand-built
French style and American V8 muscle. Its highly stylised
cabin was cast in the mould of a jet cockpit. Fifties Futuristic,
with a deeply dished steering wheel and push-button controls.
Jalopnik.com is 'obsessed with the cult of cars' –
there's an emphasis on recent unusual designs and specials,
but this entertaining site also covers vintage and historical
Clarice Cliff Bold,
bright hand-painted designs and outrageous shapes are the
hallmarks of her ceramics. This site is dedicated to her life
and works, and contains many pictures of her pottery.
The State Theatre a 2,000 seat picture palace in the
heart of Sydney, which opened in 1929. Built by Stuart F.
Doyle and Architect Henry E. White, its highly ornate interior
features the world's second-largest chandelier.
The Australian Cinema and Theatre Society
Cinema and Theatre Historical Society of Victoria
Art Deco World online
dealer specialising in original streamline-moderne decorator
items and collectables from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Also
has many links and great pics of Sydney's Deco buildings.
Lattimore's Global Art Deco Directory features many antique
and Deco links.
Publications and Social Media
specialising in Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Biomorphic '50s,
and Abstract '60s styles and movements
Sydney's Type – a collection of photographs highlighting
interesting elements of typography and signage in Sydney,
with more being added all the time.
Wallpaper 'the magazine for urban modernists', covers
architecture, design, fashion and interiors, with a skew towards
mid-twentieth century Modern.
Ian Evans' World of Old Houses useful if you're restoring,
renovating, remodelling or maintaining an old house or heritage
building. Many good links too.
The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society was formed in
1979. Its mission includes locating and restoring aircraft
that have played a significant part in Australian aviation
history. One of its best known planes is this elegant Lockheed
Super Constellation, Connie.
The Cathedral of Learning (1926-1937)
an unusual gothic skyscraper in Pittsburgh.
The Boston College collection of skyscraper pictures and
architectural information from various eras.
The Australian National Maritime
Australia's most-visited maritime museum opens new vistas
on the nation's history and love of the sea.
The Sydney Heritage Fleet is dedicated to the preservation
of Sydney's maritime heritage. Its flagship is the James Craig
an elegant iron barque whose restoration is now complete
after many years of work.
Maritime enthusiast Reuben Goossens remembers
the classic liners of yesteryear. His site provides information
and updates about many still in regular use as cruise ships
around the world.
Many of the world's remaining vintage ocean liners are under
threat of destruction.
The New South Wales Rail Transport
Museum was formed in 1962 to preserve examples of the state's
steam locomotives. Features electric and diesel locos, and
great rolling stock too. Based in Thirlmere south of Sydney,
about an hour by road or rail.
Streamlining a metaphor for progress. Streamlined
steam locomotives from around the world, with train links
The Powerhouse Museum in Pyrmont, Sydney, has exhibitions
covering science, technology, decorative arts, design and
Australian social history. There is also a constantly changing
program of temporary exhibitions and events.
Sydney A guide to its many museums.
London its public transport system is the oldest in
the world, and had a great influence on 20th Century graphic
design and typography
Frank Lloyd Wright
To date, one in five Wright
buildings has been destroyed hence the Frank Lloyd
Wright Building Conservancy.
Built to a mothballed Wright design, Monona Terrace Convention
Center opened in July, 1997.
Other heritage societies in Australia and around the
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