Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s / Stuart Symons

Stuart Symons | Modernist Adelaide

Modernist architecture was at the heart of the physical, cultural and social transformation of postwar Adelaide. This architectural revolution was based on new construction technologies, a break with traditional styles and an unwavering belief in design’s ability to shape a better society.

Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s is the first book to provide a large-scale survey of Adelaide’s mid-century architecture. By profiling the architects and clients, specific design features and historical points of interest of 100 existing modernist buildings, Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s reveals South Australia’s lesser-known but substantial contribution to this architectural movement.

“The book is splendid and beautiful and important.” – Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs

“The book offers a trove of information gleaned from old design journals, records and lifestyle magazines, along with insights Symons gathered on the ground talking to home owners and those who knew and worked with architects of the period.” – The Adelaide Review

Designer: Julian Montague

Size: 260 x 210mm

Pages: 236

Publication: December 2019

Format: Softbound book

ISBN: 978-0-646-81235-9

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About the author

Stuart Symons is a mid-century architecture and design enthusiast who celebrates Adelaide’s modernist architecture online and through tours, exhibitions, publications and events. Stuart was awarded South Australian Emerging Historian of the Year 2019 for raising the community profile of Adelaide’s architectural heritage and bringing it to new audiences.