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Public Sydney

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


The Mint Project

Constructed in 1855, the buildings of the Royal Mint, Sydney, were some of the most innovative and technologically advanced structures in the colony. By the mid 20th century the Mint had closed and the buildings, ignored and largely forgotten, were listed for demolition. However, they were to survive into the 21st century when the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, recognising their historic significance, began the Mint project.

Featuring a project timeline, history of the site, an outline of the client, the project strategy, brief, design, construction and realisation, The Mint Project also offers beautiful photography of the building's interiors and exteriors throughout, and is a book for historians, architects, and those fascinated with the old and the new.

Edited by Robert Griffin
Introduction by Philip Thalis.
Published 2009
112 Pages 
270mm x 210mm
ISBN 9781876991326

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