25 March 2010
The book is described as a fascinating glimpse into the visual cultures of the time by Justine Clark, Architecture Australia.
Three RMIT University academics have combined to write an overview of one Melbourne’s most significant architects.
Professor Harriet Edquist, Richard Black and Professor Leon van Schaik, all from the School of Architecture and Design, survey, analyse and critique Neil Clerehan’s large body of work in The Architecture of Neil Clerehan.
The book, edited by Professor Edquist and Mr Black, is published this week by RMIT University Press ($59.95) in paperback, following a successful hardback edition in 2005.
Mr Clerehan is widely regarded as one of the most significant architects of Melbourne’s post-war period.
He made his name designing innovative housing for the city’s rapidly expanding suburbs and as director of The Age Small Homes Service (SHS), which provided home-builders with an extensive selection of house designs for £5 each.
Dr Joseph Gelfer, Editorial Manager, RMIT Publishing, said Mr Clerehan was also a prolific and highly respected writer on architectural practice. This was the first book-length study of this key figure in Australian modernism.
Extensively illustrated, the book provides an atlas of Mr Clerehan’s designs for the SHS, measured drawings of four representative houses, and a selected directory of the architect’s works to 2005.
"This engaging book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Australian architecture, in the development of the nation’s suburbs, or in Australian modernism," Dr Gelfer said.
Burgess house, Hawthorn, 1994.
Dewar house, Brighton, 1971.
Clerehan house 1, Fawkner Street, South Yarra, 1958.