Towards a blueprint for the suburbs, and the centres

A radio interview on the Australian city, suburbs and centres—as seen in 1970, 2007, and 2021

Dan Hill
I am a camera

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A quick note to point to a radio discussion with me and Jonathan Green of ABC Radio National’s Blueprint for Living, which was just broadcast this weekend in Australia. We discuss the possibility of the suburbs and centres within Australian cities, and beyond. We reflect on the relatively few moments that the question of Australian city emerged critically and constructively during the 20th century—instead of ‘just happening’, in this most urbanised of countries—and suggest that the present moment would be a good time to frame new questions, living amidst a pandemic that has thrown all manner of social and spatial questions onto the table.

We actually recorded the interview back in August 2021, but it pivots from this old piece I wrote in 2007, about Australian architecture and urbanism as framed in two magazines: 2007’s A+U (with contributions from the great Philip Goad) and 1970’s Architectural Review, edited by JM Richards.

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Dan Hill
I am a camera

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Melbourne School of Design. Previously, Swedish gov, Arup, UCL IIPP, Fabrica, Helsinki Design Lab, BBC etc