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New Zealand Architecture: From Polynesian beginnings to 1990
by Peter Shaw

In a period when New Zealands architectural landscape is being rapidly transformed, NEW ZEALAND ARCHITECTURE affords a timely review of more than 150 years of an extraordinarily rich architectural history. It is the first comprehensive, illustrated evaluation of the subject.

Surveying New Zealands major building traditions, trends, innovations and controversies, author Peter Shaw and photographer Robin Morrison explore the way a countrys architecture reflects the spirit and aspirations of its inhabitants.

The full diversity of architectural styles is examined: from early Maori functional simplicity, the elaborate Antipodean Gothic and Victorian domestic of the nineteenth century, the impressive Neo-Classical and Edwardian Baroque styles and the fashionable Arts and Crafts and Neo-Georgian of the early twentieth century, to the Post-modernism of the 1980s. Surveyed also are the leading exponents of these styles, and their philosophies.

The author examines the ways architects have responded to critical particularly in the mid 20th century. Reactions to such events as the Napier earthquake of 1931 and the arrival of Modernism were varied and controversial, as they were - and continue to be - on the issue of the perceived need for a truly indigenous architecture.

Extensively researched, authoritative and discerningly illustrated, this book is an invaluable resource for architects and students, and a fascinating view of their country for all New Zealanders.

Large hardback, first edition 1991, 216pages, good condition, small wear/tear in jacket

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