Sydneysider: An optimistic Life in Architecture
The publisher Simon Blackall says of this book,
"This is not the usual monograph aimed at impressing peers or potential clients. Instead in Sydneysider we are given a fascinating and intimate view of the life of a visionary Australian architect. Gazzard describes growing up in a working class suburb during the Depression, high school, university and his professional life that followed. The clarity of Gazzard's reminiscences paints a vivid picture of the austere life in Sydney in the Thirties, Forties and Fifties.
The Sixties heralded new attitudes and possibilities for change and the story is inextricably linked with the changing social scene. Gazzard was outspoken about the sacking of Joern Utzon, architect of the Opera house, fought for the conservation of Paddington, and his early proposals led to the transformation of Circular Quay and the creation of Martin Place for pedestrians.
Sydneysider gives a brilliant impression of the city's post-war development, and details the whole process of architecture. His frank descriptions of the complex way in which buildings are created and the actual business of architecture are refreshing in their candour. Throughout all the architectural striving, a clear image of the author is apparent. From a reclusive family background emerges an obsessive man with a strong social conscience and this helps to explain the attitudes and ideas that led to his buildings and many urban activities. Sydneysider is an architectural gem."
The following review of Sydneysider was written by Phillip Goad, Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Copies of Sydneysider are available at cost; $29.95 including postage. Follow the prompts and pay vis PayPal and a copy will be mailed to you.