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Public Sydney


Drawing the City

"A magnificent tome... it resonates with passion and intelligence"

Elizabeth Farrelly, The Sydney Morning Herald

Co-published with the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, this Award Winning best seller captures Sydney from an Architect's eye. Full of detailed accurate architectural drawings of urban Sydney, this book reveals the impact of social, economic and political drivers on the design and structure of the city. 

By means of exquisite scale drawings, Public Sydney describes and celebrates the public buildings, rooms and spaces of central Sydney, Australia’s founding metropolis. 

It presents almost 100 of the city’s most important public spaces in plan, cross-section and elevation, supported by images, and provides an overview of their evolution.  Accompanying essays from leading architects, landscape architects, historians and academics offer keen insights into the city’s underlying geography, urban character and most recognisable and well-loved public elements.

Representing over a decade of effort, research and recordings, this book comprehensively illuminates Australia’s oldest city. For anyone with an interest in Sydney, or cities in general – particularly architects, landscape architects, urbanists, planners, engineers, historians and administrators - Public Sydney offers a deep appreciation of the making of the city over time, and will be both an indispensable resource and continuing inspiration.

Philip Thalis, Peter John Cantrill
Published 2013
230 pages
270mm x 395mm

ISBN 9781876991425

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